Scriptures for the week of May 10th: Acts 8:26-40, Psalm 22:25-31, 1 John 4:7-21, John 15:1-8
1 John We learn love from our parents, the way our mother treated us as a child. But true love comes from God. We on earth would never know anything about love, if God had not defined it first. Our journey on Earth is to learn what love is. We all have different experiences, but should all have one conclusion. We are children of God, because as Christians, we are called to recognize love. Jesus asks how can you say that you love God whom you have never seen, if you don’t love the people you see everyday.
A scripture about connectivity is perfect for Mother’s Day. If we are the fruit, then our mothers and loved ones are the vine. It is through her care and nurturing that our character is formed. Jesus is also the vine of our faith. God us the vinedresser the one who made it all possible. This is a metaphor which would have been very familiar with the listeners in Israel. They saw lots of vines around the countryside. It is also used to refer to Israel in the Hebrew scriptures. Branches which are severed from their source have no chance of survival. What happens to us, when we are severed from God and the love and care that guides our actions?
Questions How do we know love in our lives? How do we learn to love? How do know the difference between knowing and learning love? What is our relationship with Jesus? How does the vine help us understand what it means to have a savior?