John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

This verse was part of tonight’s Gospel.  Tonight in the homily, Father Graham took a different approach than what I have heard of this verse.  He said that we are all part of God’s garden and that what a plant goes through in its life can be compared to what we go through in life.  Seeing that tonight was the last mass of the school year, he related these things to what might have happened this year.  An example is that he said that just as plants are clipped and snipped and die away, so too are we.  Maybe something happened to us during the last school year that hurt us or took something away from us.  All we can do is learn from what happened and thank God for giving us that experience, no matter how hard it was to go through.  You see, God is the gardener, and He planted us all in His garden for a reason and He wants us to be the most beautiful garden; so if that means that we need to be clipped and snipped to be more beautiful, then so be it.  Take a break today and reflect on the last year and thank God for those moments where you were clipped and snipped and think of how you can continue to shine in God’s garden and “bloom where you are planted.”

God Bless!


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