This beautiful icon shows Jesus as the vine and the apostles as the branches. We can imagine ourselves as one of the smaller branches. For a larger version, click on the image.
Time to open the scriptures and prepare for this coming weekend's liturgy for the Fifth Sunday of Easter.
The texts of the readings and background material on them can be found here and if you are helping children prepare for Mass, check out this site.
The first lesson, from the Acts of the Apostles, includes fear, disbelief and attempted murder in the early church! The second lesson, from the First Letter of John, is the scriptural version of "walk the talk." The word liturgy this Sunday culminates in a passage from John's gospel reminding us that Christ is the vine, that we are the branches - and it's time to prune the vine!
Check the texts and the explanatory material. Read, ponder and pray over the Lord's Word and be prepared to hear it at Mass this weekend.
Posted by Concord Pastor at 9:51 PM