Lenten Devotional for March 11

Unfenced Vineyards


John 15:9-17

“This is my commandment: love each other just as I have loved you.”
—John 15:12


In the scriptural tradition, Christ is the full harvest of the lovingly planted vine that is Israel. He is the vine, we are the branches. We are told to make our home in him as he has in us—divine life engrafted onto humanity so that humanity might become engrafted onto the divine. We are invited into that deep engrafting, invited to love one another as we have been loved. Medieval Christians invite us to know ourselves more keenly as thus engrafted, as unfenced vineyards, our lives entwined with neighbor, each vineyard fed and nourished by the other. Through the artistic tradition we are shown Christ as a vine, the intertwining tendrils of life climbing up the wooden trellis of the cross. He is the winepress, the wine of love pouring from his heart in a flow of mercy as wide as the wideness of the sea.
—Wendy M. Wright*


Dear Lord, when I feel isolated or try to go it alone, let me remember that Jesus said “abide in me.” Amen.


What do you think is the meaning of a grapevine as a symbol for the nation of Israel?

Credits: *From Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, “The Vineyard of the Lord,” September/October 2005. Copyright © The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Learn more about Weavings.

This and the other devotionals for this Lenten Series can be found at the following link: http://www.thegodwecanknow.com/category/50-devotions/page/2/.

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