The Vinedresser

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 05/03/2012

in Easter

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.
He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit,
and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.
(John 15:1-2)

Prayer Poem by Sister Juliemarie McDonald, SND
for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Cycle B
May 6, 2012

Divine Vinedresser,
What lessons do branches on a vine teach?
Listen, they will tell you.

“I need to be:
well trained and
planted in drained soil.
Dig deep the planting hole.
I am a deep rooter.
Place me in full sunlight and
let me lean on a trellis;
If not, since I am a creeper,
I will run wild and wind around anything convenient.
Prune me in the dormant season.
Make sure I remember always I am a branch, not the vine.
Follow these lessons and I will produce delicious fruit.”

Thank you, Jesus, the Vine, for this parable of the Vinedresser.
What insights are contained in the story for me.

I was planted in the deep hole of faith at Baptism,
taught and trained with each sacrament received.
I am rooted now in faith, hope and charity and
given “Son-light” from your Holy Spirit.
I lean upon the trellis of your:
Words and the Eucharist,
The Church’s teachings and dogmas.

(Only you know how far I have run wild and
followed the winds of time and convenience.)

In dormant times diseased branches of sinfulness
were lopped off and
laid beside the Vine
to be burned and consumed in the fire of your love.
My sufferings and pains were your pruning tools.

In this journey of faith, this growing in the Spirit
May I produce the precious and delicious fruits of:
truth, humility and walking justly with you, the Vine, and
me, the branch, to be a pleasing fruit for the Vinedresser.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. How do silence and solitude prepare the soil of our souls to bear fruit?
  2. To what kinds of relationships does today’s Gospel passage call us?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Sister Helen Chasar May 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

Dear Sister Juliemarie,
Thanks a million for your inspirational poem on the Divine Vinedresser,
Who loves us more than we can imagine.
May all of us take to heart your beautiful expressions of God’s goodness
and provident care as we make our journey of faith to His Kingdom.
Love and prayers,
Sister Mary Helen Chasar, SND


Gia Turella May 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Sometimes I forget that I am part of the Divine Vinedresser’s Plan…thank you for the reminder!


Valerie Pinney May 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Very touching poem Sr. Julie. I have grapes vines over my kitchen cabinets which remind me of this very scripture. It is one of my most favorite. It helps me to understand why there is human pain and suffering. Thank you


Sr Juliemarie McDonald May 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Dear Helen, you have been vinedresser to many beginning teachers. My mom used to say, “You can’t teach what you don’t have.” You have taught many the truths of the faith and the virtues of a good Christian. Thank you.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald May 3, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Gia, o yes, all are part of God’s mysterious plans to give him wonderful fruits. Whatever we have done to his least, is sweet fruit to him, too.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald May 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Val, what a wonderful daily reminder! Don’t forget besides pruning us there are so many ways He cares for us and produces wonderous fruit in us.


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