Vines and Branches

At a recent dialogue meeting between Episcopalians and Presbyterians, a scholar from the west coast shared insights from a friend of his who owns a vineyard. Three things:

When a branch is grafted on to a vine, it becomes identical to that vine, it becomes part of the “adoptive parent” vine and shares its life in every way.

Secondly, grape vines should be planted in good soil, but not “too good.” Otherwise, the plants become “lazy” and do not work hard enought to send their roots deep and wide.

And fiinally, the old vines are the best vines!

I wonder how much of this Jesus had in mind when he said “I am the vine; you are the branches?” (John 15:5)

What are the implications for our mission and ministry as members of his body, as branches on the vine?

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