A Homily – John 15:1 – 1 ©

The Gospel According to John – 2018.04.29

 

The Branches

The gospel reading for today comes from a place of division and fear in the early church.
Sadly, it is a theme we found often repeated.

It is right and good to say that Jesus is the vine, and God the vine dresser.

We understand that the vinedresser takes care of the whole plant; from root to branch and stem.

The vine dresser prunes, and binds, and brings to flower the fruit that produces the good wine.

The vine dresser does not kill the vine.

God is the creator of all that is. Everything that is comes through vine, as the introduction to John’s Gospel attests:

In the beginning was the word and all things came to be through him, all things are in him, and not one thing exists without him.

The vine weaves through all creation, it touches every person, it sustains every living breathing thing, and undergirds the whole created order.

Everyone is in the vine, Christian and non-Christian alike, the good, the bad and the ugly.
When the writers of John’s Gospel were writing this, they were concerned with the faithfulness of their members. They drafted warning for those they thought would betray them, and provided a rationale for excluding those whom they thought had done so.

This was a betrayal of the faith. Remember Jesus who forgave the men who murdered him, even while he was dying on the cross. Remember Peter, who denied him, and Paul who persecuted Christians. They were all in the vine, each and every one, both in their faithfulness, and in their most faithful moments.

 

I Am the Vine, You are the Branches

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes to make it bear even more. You are pruned already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you. Make your home in me, as I make mine in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, but must remain part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.

I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is like a branch that has been thrown away – he withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire, and they are burnt. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it.

It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit, and then you will be my disciples.’

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Emergence 3.0 – Section Three, Earth; Part Sixteen, Existence; Chapter Seven, Duality

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 119, Sunday
April 29th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Duality

The whole body is a cognitive organ, not just the brain, the cerebellum, or the cerebral cortex.

The body senses, it remembers.

The body writes those memories into the genetic code of the individual, in sequences of peptides, and amino acids. It writes them into the DNA.

We pass those memories onto our offspring. We are born with the knowledge of our ancestors built onto the fabric of our being.

The whole being is contained in the tiniest part, in the nucleus of every cell. It pushes us forward, a chemical drive feeding the quantum field of creativity, a neural net rooted in organic chemistry.

It is a constant interchange of the analog with the digital

Just as the human being processes external stimuli through the brain, wherein chemical sequences are translated into electrical signals, in a tightly choreographed exchange that take place a billions of times per second, in every moment of our lives. So does the human being function as a small piece of the larger world.

Every human being is an organic node. An individual interfacing with the quantum field that comprises the whole.

We experience these dualities within ourselves; individual experience, inherited experience, individual mind, collective mind.

We experience these dualities, but we do so on the unconscious level, very few people ever become aware of the greater reality that they are a part of.

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