A Fruitful Mother

Blessed Mother statue in rose garden holding baby JesusJohn’s Gospel message “I am the vine, my Father is the true gardner,” (John 15:1) offers terrific symbolism. But God first planted the seed of “fruitfulness” in the Virgin Mary; she was the essence, the receptacle, of true fruitfulness. She allowed herself to be truly in God and God in her to bring forth our Redeemer and King. With no words of argument or doubt, she knew intuitively what John would so much later preach: “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” 


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