The Fruit of the Vine

Fruit of the Vine

John 15:1-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

I Am the True Vine

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”

Fr. Christian de Cherge, one of the Trappists Martyrs of Algeria (1996) tells us “The only way for us to give witness is . . . to be what we are in the midst of banal, everyday realities.” 

We bear fruit, we witness to Jesus, in the “midst of the banal, everyday realities of life”,  as the  cashier at the Mexican Restaurant across the street did,  when he gave  an older homeless dude a tortilla, when he came to his counter yesterday.  With a smile he said, “I helped one person today.” He helped the wounded body of Jesus.

We give witness in our “banal everyday realities,” for that is where Christ is found.  Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T,

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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