grapevineIt’s one of my favorite lines from the Gospel– “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.” I always get a boost from those words of Jesus, and the image of gorgeous grapes hanging on the vine makes me feel that everything is possible.

Staying connected, though, requires effort. It means taking time for prayer, letting God’s desires seep into the soul and change the way we see and act toward others. What we are assured is that, as long as we remain rooted in Jesus, we really can be effective.

So all you teachers and students out there who are working hard, all who strive to nurture peace, everyone struggling to find meaning in everyday life, hold on to the True Vine.  You will see wonderful things!