If I’m part of the vine…
can I drink more wine?
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”
We have been studying family as our Lenten theme. Today, we lighten our Lenten practice a bit and engage in a celebration of â€“ no wait â€“ yes family. Amazing isnâ€™t it?
Today we celebrate the organization of our Holy Polish National Catholic Church.
Church can be a lot of things to a lot of people, but one thing it certainly isnâ€™t is a stagnant shell of a corporation based on dusty old books.
Church is the reality of our relationship as family in Christ. There are so many quotes about that, but a key one is taken from St. Paulâ€™s letter to the Ephesians, Chapter 4:4-6:
There is one body and one Spiritâ€¦ one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all.
We have been grafted onto Jesus. He is the vine and we are the braches. That makes us one being, one entity, and sharers in His nourishment and love.
If Church were dusty old books, it would not be a living entity. If it were a stagnant shell, we would have no reason to be part of it, or feel alive in it.
Being part of the vine does give us reason to celebrate, to become intoxicated with the happiness that comes from being part of the living body of Christ.
Our Holy Church is a beacon and the joy of life. It is a place of happiness, reconciliation, mutual labor and support, the one place where we can endeavor together to reach God.
In the Holy Church we find ourselves already connected to God, part of Him, members of His family â€“ and as St. Paul focuses on, one in every aspect of who we are.
We are not strangers who bump into each other on occasion. We are Polish National Catholics who live and abide in Jesus Christ, who bring His life filled Church, His life-giving message, to the world. There we will gather and join others to the life-giving vine, the place where we will all drink the wine of joy!