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Acts of the Apostles 15:1-6
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4AB, 4CD-5
John 15:1-8
Today˅s Gospel is very well known and repeated in songs and ser-
mons alike. I especially like how Jesus explains the life of a Christian
in such practical and visual terms. I am the vine and you are the
branches; God is the vine grower. The link from God to Jesus to all
of us is clearly established. In contrast to the debate in Acts as to
whether circumcision, ( as was the Mosaic practice) was required to
be saved. Jesus in the Gospel of John makes clear that he alone is
the way to be saved with no clever way of excluding Gentiles.
I remember the first year in our current home. I was so excited be-
cause in the backyard was an avocado tree and I love avocados. The
tree was right over our patio and would give us shade but more im-
portantly; fruit! Well I
soon found out how
dirty and messy avo-
cado trees tend to be.
However my eyes were
focused on the prize as
I continually cleaned
up the debris of broken
branches and endless
dust on our patio. All
year long; we didn˅t