Lenten reflections 2018 - 05



Sunday - Fifth week of Lent


(Acts 9: 26-31 1 John 3: 18-24 John 15: 1-8)


I am the Vine, you are the branches’. 

Can the concept of unity and union be expressed more

clearly? Christ says: ‘I am the VINE’, not I am a flower,

mountain or olive tree - a vine


Through you oh Christ, the Vine, courses the wine of life,

the natural sweetness and fruitiness of peace and content;

of transformation;  the sparkling champagne of laughter

and joy; the burgundy of creativity and birth;

the sauvignon of dying into life.


And we, your branches - essence of Essence, fibre of Fibre,

artery of Artery, are passage to the circulation

of Christ’s blood, flowing through me, through you, flowing

through all, sweeping up our life and love;  purifying it in

the fire of his love, returning in the next heart throb

as divine life and love.


A breath-taking experience the Hex River valley where

mountains and rivers and fields and fields of vineyards,

proudly standing in their own right.

But these expansive fields, of magnificent vineyards

are local, limited, vulnerable to elements of wind, rain and fire.


But Jesus Christ, the Vine is central to the universe - is

the height and depth, the width and breadth of all,

one vine connecting all. Thus connected, our arteries,

veins, capillaries; our every cell, atom and quark

permeated by God’s Being - are drawn  into

communion in the most intimate way - my life into

yours, ours into theirs till we see the holy mystery  of

being in holy relation,   of being holy one.


A withering, a death, a burning when blind to this

sacred truth, but blessed be the pruning, which with shears of love

our consciousness to re-awaken. With withering faith

renewed; with the dead branches cut away; with

yesteryear’s pain and darkness transformed in the

Heart of Love, the branch once again glows green,

vibrant with joy

growing the fruit of life, 

growing the fruit of love 

growing the fruit of  light,

all spilling into justice and peace, 

deep love and friendship.


‘I am the Vine and you the branches’,

Remain in me - consciously

As I remain in you - consciously.


Breath Prayer:

I breathe in:   ‘Jesus the Vine’

I breathe out:  ‘Flow through me, your branch.



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