Fifth Week of Easter

Knowing that the Disciples would not recall everything He had taught, Jesus promised reminders and further teaching through the Holy Spirit. The Lord did provide some very memorable images, though. For example, the faithful should think of the heavenly Father as a vine grower and remain connected to Jesus, like branches on a vine. After the Ascension of the Lord, Paul and Barnabas encountered challenges as missionaries. The miraculous cure of a crippled man led to undesired treatment of the two Disciples as gods. Conversely, persecutors thrashed Paul nearly to death. Still, the Church grew. When we ask God to take away struggles, do we consider that a vine grower does pruning after the growing season?