Fifth Week of Easter

Disciples chosen by Jesus as followers became beloved friends. Rather than quizzing them on all that He had taught, Jesus memorably said to love one another as He loved them. The Holy Spirit would come to guide them and remind them of His more specific lessons, all stemming from love. If we notice our faith starting to wither, we can depend on the heavenly Father to do some pruning so that we grow in our attachment to the Lord Jesus. At times, we feel troubled or afraid, as did Jesus in His humanity. Do we find joy in knowing that Jesus remains a vine with roots reaching the Earth and allowing branches to grow heavenward?