John 15: 1 — 8
5th Sunday after Easter Year B
1 1 2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
2 He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
3 You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to
4 Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear
5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me
6 4 Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like
7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for
8 By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and
1 [⇒ 15:1-⇒ 16:4] Discourse on the union of Jesus with his disciples. His words become a monologue and go beyond the immediate crisis of the departure of Jesus.
2 [1-17] Like ⇒ John 10:1-5, this passage resembles a parable. Israel is spoken of as a vineyard at ⇒ Isaiah 5:1-7; ⇒ Matthew 21:33-46 and as a vine at ⇒ Psalm 80:9-17; ⇒ Jeremiah 2:21; ⇒ Ezekiel 15:2; ⇒ 17:5-10; ⇒ 19:10; ⇒ Hosea 10:1. The identification of the vine as the Son of Man in ⇒ Psalm 80:15 and Wisdom’s description of herself as a vine in ⇒ Sirach 24:17 are further background for portrayal of Jesus by this figure. There may be secondary eucharistic symbolism here; cf ⇒ Mark 14:25 “the fruit of the vine.”
3  Takes away . . . prunes: in Greek there is a play on two related verbs.
4  Branches were cut off and dried on the wall of the vineyard for later use as fuel.
Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised