The Vine and the Branches

May 2, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

ACTS 9:26-31 PS 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32 1 JN 3:18-24

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May 2, 2021

JN 15:1-8

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.
You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.
Remain in me, as I remain in you.
Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own
unless it remains on the vine,
so neither can you unless you remain in me.
I am the vine, you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit,
because without me you can do nothing.
Anyone who does not remain in me
will be thrown out like a branch and wither;
people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you,
ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.
By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples."


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Sts. Timothy and Maura (Feast Day May 3)

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Sts Timothy and Maura suffered for the faith during the persecution under the Emperor Diocletian. Timothy came from Egypt and was the son of a priest. Raised in the Church, he became a lector and spent his evenings preaching the Gospel as well as keeping the holy Scriptures and liturgical books safe in his home during the persecutions. In the year 286 Timothy married a pious 17-year-old woman named Maura, and the two began a life of prayer and Christian witness together.

When Timothy and Maura had been married for only 20 days, Timothy was denounced as a Christian and a keeper of the holy books. His captors, on the authority of Diocletian himself, demanded that Timothy surrender the books of Scripture to them. Timothy refused and was tortured. Arian, the governor, tried to convince him to give in for Maura’s sake. Maura was brought to Timothy and encouraged him to stand firm and not deny Christ. She confessed to be a Christian herself and was subject to torture as well. Afterward, she was immersed in a pot of boiling water, but remained unharmed. While the governor was impressed by the miracle, he soon resumed his tortures by having the young couple nailed to two crosses facing each other.

For 10 days they prayed together, sang hymns, and encouraged each other as they suffered for Christ. Ultimately, both found themselves welcomed into the arms of Christ as glorious martyrs. The witness of their courage and joy so inspired their torturer that he soon became a Christian, was martyred himself, and is venerated in the Eastern Church as St. Arian of Alexandria.


Take time to chat

·       What happens to a branch when it is cut off a vine? What is Jesus trying to teach us through this analogy?

·       In what way does the story of the vine and the branches describe your relationship with Jesus?

·       Jesus says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.” What would you ask of Jesus today?

·       In the story of Sts. Timothy and Maura, why do you think Maura encouraged Timothy to keep the faith? Who encourages you to keep the faith?


Recipe of the week

Crunchy Chicken Salad

Grapes grow on vines. Think about today’s Gospel as you enjoy this crunchy salad made with grapes!

4 cups cubed cooked chicken breast meat

1 cup diced celery

1 cup seedless green grapes (cut in half)

1 cup cashews


salt and pepper to taste


¾ cup mayo (not Miracle Whip)

¼ cup sour cream

Combine chicken, celery and grapes. Toss with the dressing. Serve on a bed of lettuce with the cashews sprinkled on top.

Submitted by the McAfee Family at St. Francis Cabrini in Allen Park


Family Fun

Family Nature Walk

Encounter God in nature by going for a walk today and looking for different types of vines and branches. Notice the similarities and the differences. How many types can you find? Discuss how they connect to the Gospel today. Consider collecting items to make a nature collage once you get home.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

ACTS Prayer

This prayer will help you to stay close to Jesus. It has a simple formula using the acronym, ACTS. Spend time reflecting and sharing on the following prayer prompts.

A—Adoration—I praise You, God, for…

C—Confession—I am sorry for…

T—Thanksgiving—I am thankful for…

S—Supplication—I ask You for…

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Where do you see images of vine and/or branches around your church?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Invite someone who has stopped going to church to come to Mass with you next week.

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