May 2, 2021

Fifth Sunday of Easter

When he calls himself the true vine, he clarifies that no one can grow in spiritual fruitfulness and moral goodness unless rooted in God and his life-giving word. Religious affiliation or association with spiritually-minded people is not sufficient by itself – one must be firmly rooted in the “Tree of Life” who is the eternal Father and his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus makes a claim that only God can make – he is the true source of life that makes us fruitful in living the abundant life God has for us. Only through Jesus Christ can one be fully grafted into the true “vineyard of the Lord.” Jesus offers the life which comes from God and results in great fruitfulness.

Vines characteristically have two kinds of branches – those which bear fruit and those which don’t. The non-bearing branches must be pruned so that the vine conserves the strength to bear good fruit. Jesus says there can be no fruit in our lives apart from him. The Lord promises that we will bear much fruit if we abide in him and allow him to purify us.

copyright © 2021 Servants of the Word, source:, author Don Schwager

Our Lady of the Assumption Church

Rev. Edward C. Domme, Pastor
811 Guaymas Place NE
Albuquerque, NM  87108
Parish Office (505)256-9818