The Fifth Sunday in Easter
I was once pastor of a church in Vineland, the largest city in New Jersey—not by the number of people living in it, but by its size. For many years a major product of the land was grapes. Lots of vine-yards make up a vine-land!
Beautiful purple grapes bounce about on the branches of the vines, waiting for the day of the harvest. Jesus uses the example of vines to help his disciples understand how they are connected to him. Jesus is the vine, we are the branches. When we are so linked to Jesus, beautiful fruits come from our lives.
As you sit and pray, feel your whole self connected to Jesus. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus’s love and life are flowing into you, giving you life, just as the branches receive life from the vine. When you get up from your time of prayer, spend the rest of the day remembering that you are a beautiful branch on the sacred vine which is Jesus.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospel.
During the season of Easter, we read the Gospel of John.
This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick