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The history of Saint John the Baptist

May 2, 2021
Jn 15:1-8

Growing pains

     Gardeners universally praise the results of grafting: hardier, more fruitful plants. But think of the plants’ point of view. Grafting is a harsh process. The mature vine must be sliced deeply enough to make room for the new implant. Then the graft is pressed firmly into place and the dual wound bound tightly enough to keep the union. Throughout the process the plants “bleed” losing precious fluids. It’s like major surgery without anesthesia or morphine. Not a pleasant image, is it?

     Yet this is what Jesus says Christians must endure. The dead wood of faithless lives will be cut away as we are pressed firmly into His life-giving vine. We must bind ourselves to Him, keeping that newly formed union strong. Then even as we begin to produce fruit, we must bear the pruning away of sinful habits and weaknesses in our faith.  It’s a painful process for everyone. Our True Vine was stripped and bleeding long before we were even seedlings, preparing Himself, ready to gather us in. The Gardener offers His own blood and body to help us produce miraculous fruit. Let us accept this gracious gift anew today, rejoicing even in the pain as we are grafted tightly to the eternal Vine.

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Our faith community of St. John the Baptist, founded on the word of God; welcomes all with charity and love….both the strong of Spirit and those who search. As part of the Universal Church, we acknowledge that God has uniquely blessed everyone with abundant gifts. We celebrate the differences that make all of us equal in the eyes of the Lord….using our blessings to provide all who join us in Eucharist with a heart-felt sense of family and communion. For the Lord has brought you to our door….you are a stranger here but once.