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Jesus offers us a beautiful and intricate image of the vine and branches in today’s reading from the Good News of John. Living here in the Pacific Northwest, many of us have seen grape vines. Some of us even prune and tend grape vines - and know intimately the how the branches grow from the vine. How to prune so that the branches produce the most fruit.
Jesus says, “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me” (John 15:4).