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5th Sunday in Easter, Year B

Jesus, the Vine, and the Branches 

 


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The Fifth Sunday of Easter continues our journey through the sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of John. As I pointed out in earlier videos, during the Easter season the church will frequently give us teachings from John's gospel in particular. So last week we looked at Jesus’ good shepherd discourse in the temple in Jerusalem, now we’re looking at a section from his Last Supper discourse, which is unique to the Gospel of John. One of the distinctive aspects of John's gospel is that although it doesn't contain the words of institution of the Eucharist, this my body this my blood, he does give us a lengthy account of other things that Jesus said to the disciples at the Last Supper. It is commonly called the farewell discourse, we can find this material in John 14, 15, 16 and 17. So the church will frequently read from that farewell discourse, or Last Supper discourse, during the Easter season. And, today's reading is taken from that Last Supper discourse and it’s Jesus’ famous analogy of the vine and the branches. So let's read through that together and we’ll try to unpack it and link it with the other readings for today...

 

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