Fifth Sunday of Easter - 29 April 2018
Until I spent time on a vineyard ten years ago, I always heard the parable of the vinedresser as a tough, ‘shape up or ship out’ message. I always imagined God as the vinedresser having a field day lopping and cutting my dead branches, trimming my unproductive stems and uprooting all the rot that undermines my fruitfulness. It always felt like a violent activity. It was a pleasant surprise then, to actually see a vinedresser in action. Far from an act of violence, the care paid by the dresser to each stem is extraordinary.