St Teresa of Avila
“I am the vine; you are the branches.”
In today’s reflection, Jesus reminds us that He is the true vine and God, His Father, is the vine grower. Jesus tells us that God cuts off every branch that does not bear fruit. As for the branches that are bearing fruit, God prunes them so they will produce even more fruit.
Being pruned is painful and not a comfortable process for human beings; however, we all have been pruned at times in our lives. It may have been through a difficult time in our families, financial problems or a serious illness. In the process of being pruned, we may lose parts of ourselves that we don’t want to let go of. Yet the purpose of pruning is to enable new life to grow. Are we willing to fully trust that God is at work in us and believe that in time, He will prune us to be better messengers of His Word?