Like Tevye pestering his wife in “Fiddler of the Roof” Jesus pesters us as well: “Do you love me?” He persistently needles us into action by confronting us with the most important question, for our answer to “Do you love me?” matters more than anything else.
Plot twists force us to rethink everything in light of what’s been true from the beginning. This is what makes plot twists so interesting. In the prologue of John’s Gospel, Jesus is the “Word” that changes everything. He is the new twist to the plot that redefines everything.
No matter what, pruning is inevitable in order that a vine may bear good fruit. Branches that bear no fruit must be removed and cut off. Likewise, branches that bear fruit must be pruned in order that they will bear more and better fruit. The spiritual lesson is clear: Everyone is under God’s knife. And that’s precisely what pop spirituality doesn’t want.
It is through human witness that others are led to recognize Jesus as the Christ. The invitation to “Come and see” is at the heart of Christian evangelism. But more is needed from us than an invitation. We must have something worth seeing. Our challenge is to live as disciples and create a place that is worth seeing – a place where heaven and earth intersect.