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Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

Jn 15:1-8

In the real spiritual life of an ongoing faith/relationship with the living “de vine” God, we will experience trimming.  The blossoms and fruit that this Vinegrower knows are hidden only in potential (even and especially when we do not) are gifts of this greening Spirit.  What is coming into being is our, shall we say, “divinization”—our sharing in the very life and “who-ness” of Christ that produces holiness and compassion.  These fruits that God sees in us (even when we do not) include virtues our world very much needs in these days:  charity, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, awe in God’s presence…..especially peace….

No one avoids the Vinegrower’s pruning in one way or another.  May we continue to realize the greening-power that courses through our experience, as individuals and in community, and may we continue to turn toward the sun of God’s peace and justice.  May our energies unite with God’s to call back to life and wholeness a suffering and shattered world.

By Carolyn Meeks

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