From the Pastor's Desk ~ April 28 - 29, 2018

Apr 26, 2018

My Dear Parish Family,

A well and appealing landscape takes many hours of work. Left without care, the shrubs become unkempt, the grass looks like hay, the flowers become bland. Cutting back, cutting down, cutting away is what brings out the beauty of a landscape. This kind of work is more than a matter of simple tidiness. It shows that the people who live on the property care. In the gospel, Jesus metaphorically speaks of his Father’s pruning us branches that are attached to the vine who is Jesus. God’s care for us underlies the oft-repeated gospel words remain, fruit, vine, branch.

Just as God planted and tended the true vine Jesus, so does God tend us – prune us – so that we, too, might “bear much fruit.” God prunes from us whatever does not give life, and nourishes within us whatever does. Our remaining in Jesus, our bearing fruit as disciples, our believing in the Son and keeping the commandments are all the work of the Father who tends with great care the risen Life we share with Jesus.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter