‘I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing’. These words are from our Gospel reading, from St John.

St John Chrysostom commented: ‘Do you see that the Son contributes not less than the Father towards the care of the disciples? The Father purges, but He keeps them in Himself. The abiding in the root is that which makes the branches to be fruit-bearing. For that which is not purged, if it remain on the root, bears fruit, though perhaps not so much as it ought; but that which remains not, bears none at all’.

Apart from Him, we can do nothing – with Him, we can do great things, for ‘with God, nothing is impossible’. May God bless you and keep you closely connected with Him, this day.