Sunday’s Gospel (John) explains the closeness of the relationship that Jesus wants to have with each of us in terms of vines and branches.  Branches?  They’re either intimately connected with vines, or they’re not branches. 

Think of your BFF. 

You’ve known her since forever.  You’ve been there for each other through the good stuff and the bad stuff.  Sometimes you even finish each other’s sentences.  The two of you are that/close. 

The relationship that Jesus wants with you?  Even closer. 

More on this tomorrow.