May 2, 2021
“He prunes so that it bears more fruit.” Jesus’s words shed a light of hope on hard parts of our life. And what we are experiencing in our world, and in the Church, right now. Even when something is done by evil, our Father can use it to help us bear more fruit. Fruit that will last forever…
- Jesus is showing us in our lives that He is the expert pruner during our chaotic times to make our lives more fruitful.
- God knows how, when and how much to prune us and He does it out of love, not to destroy us. It feels negative, but in the long term it is very positive.
- Even a physical death is like a great pruning, not to destroy us, but so that we bear abundant fruit.
- Jesus at the Last Supper said He would go away to the apostles’ advantage so the Paraclete would come and fill them with His Spirit.
- The Catholic Church recently has been going through a pruning period with shut downs of Masses, no communion on the tongue, etc.
- Our pruning today is a sign of God’s love which seems negative, destructive and painful, but needed so we can receive more fruits for all eternity.
Jesus uses the analogy of the vine and vine grower and the need for pruning in order to bear much fruit. God prunes the ones that are bearing fruit, so that it will bear more fruit. When Jesus went away, it was a pruning for the apostles. As Jesus says, “you’re sad, because I told you, I’m going away.” “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away.” How could it be good for us that Jesus go away? He said, “because if I do not go, the Paraclete will not come. But if I go, I will send Him.” And so, they’re losing the physical presence of Jesus, but they’re gaining His spirit in them. And so, Jesus will actually be more united to them by the interior dwelling of the Holy Spirit in them.
There are many ways that God prunes our lives today, even in how we individually deal with the past year’s changes in the Mass and Sacraments because of the Covid restrictions placed on us. It’s faith in Jesus Christ that opens us to the graces that He wants to give, and no power, no human power, no diabolical power can stop Him from giving those graces, if we have faith. So, pruning is not a sign that God doesn’t love us, it’s a sign that He does love us.