Feast of St. Athanasius

John 15:1-8

If you’re a gardener, today’s Gospel certainly resonates with you this day in May. This is the season for cleaning up the debris left in the wake of winter, gathering up the branches broken by the heavy snows, pruning the dead and lifeless so that the new and promising may grow. We live in a constant springtime of pruning and weeding away the dead and broken in our lives that prevent the newness of God to take root and grow. Our faith is a constant struggle moving our souls out from under the winter cold of anger and despair to the eternal hope and possibility of God’s eternal spring.