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Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 3, 2015

SPRING GARDENING

You have heard say many times now, that the spiritual life is all about letting go. Our Gospel today exemplifies this: for we are told that every branch of ours that does not bear fruit, will be pruned and burned. And even those that do, will also be pruned so that they can bear more fruit.

In this season of possibilities – the rich period of new birth, we are challenged to understand that it is also a season of pruning.

It is a metaphor we understand well, especially during this time of year. Many of us are preparing our own little gardens for the upcoming summertime. Here on campus, I have watched Joe and Miguel and others begin to prepare the grounds: it starts with cleaning – removing everything that is dead and getting rid of all the trash. Spiritually, it is similar to what we try and do during Lent.

Spiritually, this season of looking at what we already have is what happens now – in the Easter season. It is also a time nurture the soil and prepare it for planting. We start to consider what kind of garden we would like this year.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Fifth Sunday of Easter (Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8)

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