Liturgical Bible Study Guide: 5th Sunday of Easter Cycle B

Christian Affirmations and Personalized Bible Scriptures

Today we hear Jesus say that He is the true vine and we are the branches. The comparison of the chosen people with a vine was used in the Old Testament: Psalm 80 speaks of the uprooting of the vine in Egypt and its replanting in another land; and in Isaiah’s Song of the Vineyard (Isaiah 5:1-7) God complains that despite the care and love he has lavished on it, His vineyard has yielded only wild grapes. Here, the comparison has a different, more personal meaning: Christ explains that He Himself is the true vine, because the old vine, the original chosen people, has been succeeded by the new vine, the Church, whose head is Christ. To be fruitful one must be joined to the new, true vine, Christ: it is no longer a matter of simply belonging to a community but of living the life of Christ, the life of grace, which the nourishment that passes life on to the believer and enables him to yield fruits of eternal life.

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