AHC B NAB Easter 5 - Hebrew Catholics

Association of

Hebrew Catholics

New Zealand Branch


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,
      and everyone that does he prunes 3 so that it bears more 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
      fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can
      you unless you remain in me.

5    I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me
      and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can
      do nothing.

6    4 Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like
      a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them
      into a fire and they will be burned.

7    If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for
      whatever you want and it will be done for you.

8    By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and
      become my disciples.

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 [2] Takes away . . . prunes: in Greek there is a play on two related verbs.

4 [6] Branches were cut off and dried on the wall of the vineyard for later use as fuel.

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