St. Christopher the Martyr Catholic Church
309  Manson Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Phone:  504-837-8214
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“I am the vine and you are the branches”
John 1
5:1-8
Focus on the Gospel
April 29, Fifth Sunday of Easter
     The disciples were well acquainted with vines and their branches.  They were cultivated in the
fields, grew on the walls of great buildings, and planted in the gardens of small homes where they
spread across trellises and provided shade and food.  Anyone who has planted a vine, or
encountered one in a place where it is unwanted, knows that the branches grow far and wide and
attach themselves to anything and everything in their path.  A good and useful vine is nurtured and
pruned; its branches produce much fruit and vegetables.  But branches, no matter how well cared
for, cannot survive if cut off from the vine.  They wither and die.  The disciples understood the
challenge Jesus presented them with the image of the vine and its branches.  They were to stay
attached to their faith in Jesus and go out into the world and provide spiritual food and comfort to
all they encountered.  Jesus is still the vine, and we now are the branches.  What are we doing to
stay attached to Jesus and go far and wide to do good in his name?
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