Wednesday, April 29, 2015
On our way from 2500 feet to sea level we passed lots of red bud (named apparently by some color blind botanist.) I really like it, but it doesn't grow at our altitude.
The fifteenth chapter of John's Gospel is very rich for reflection. Jesus says, "I am the vine, you are the branches...Remain in me as I remain in you." The word "remain" is used eight times in the first seven verses. It translates the Greek verb "meno," which is its source. That verb is also translated: abide, dwell, endure. It carries the idea of permanence, "to stay for good." Jesus intends our intimate union with him to last forever.