This Sunday’s Gospel is the back half of last Sunday’s Gospel.
Last Sunday, Jesus tells about the closeness He wants to have with each of us. Using the visual of vines and branches. That Gospel ends with Jesus talking about bearing fruit and being disciples.
It’s an image that some people misunderstand.
It leaves some people with the idea that they have to “earn it.” That there’s something they have to do. Or not do. Or Jesus won’t love them.
Which really isn’t love at all.
And it’s not how Jesus works. This Sunday’s Gospel tells us how Jesus really works.
The way that Jesus says it is so gentle. It’s easy to miss that it’s also a rebuke - of any idea of “earning it.”
This is anything but conditional love.
More on this tomorrow.