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I Am the True Vine

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,


‘Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower…Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”’


Jesus makes a rather bold claim: we can not do any good thing without Him. If Jesus were not God, this would be the height of egotistical pride and self-inflation. Yet, we know that Jesus is God. He truly can claim to be the source and inspiration of all good. Anything we would try to do that would consciously exclude Jesus would be, by definition, evil.


We are revisiting these words of Jesus after the Resurrection so that we can reevaluate them in light of Jesus’ Divine self-revelation. Now that we know that Jesus is God, we are obliged to turn to Him constantly for guidance, inspiration, protection from error, and every grace necessary to bear fruit in His Name. Saint Thomas Aquinas has a beautiful prayer that sums up these thoughts:


Grant, o merciful God, that I may ardently desire, prudently examine, truthfully acknowledge, and perfectly accomplish what is pleasing to Thee for the praise and glory of Thy name. Amen.”


The words of the Doxology at the end of our Eucharistic Prayer at Holy Mass also act as a summary of the Consecration, and can serve us as a fitting “mission statement” as Christians for everything we do in His Name:


Through Him, and with Him, and in Him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, forever and ever. Amen.”


Peace in Christ,

Father Matthew Kuhn



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