Vine and the Branches, cont’d
believe are drawn into the mutual love of Father and Son through Jesus’ love.
There is no other way to respond but to serve and love one another. This love
is not without trial and suffering, but through that suffering comes great joy.
Pope Francis likens Christian joy to the joy of a mother embracing her child
for the first time after laboring the child to birth.
Prayer: Remembering those times when suffering turns to joy is important. That
memory provides hope when it seems hopeless. Holy Spirit, your gifts bear fruit through me.