I Am the True Vine

What is the fruit that our ministry bears? Jesus, the True Vine, teaches what it means to be his hands and feet. Aunty Dr Anne Pattel-Gray wraps up our 2020 Lent series.

View and download the PDF of this Lent Teaching here.

In our Lenten series this year we have encountered different aspects of who Jesus is and how we are called to follow him. In the final video teaching for our 2020 Lenten series, Aunty Dr Anne Pattel-Gray reflects on Jesus’ statement, “I am the Vine”. As those on the margins long for the healing and love of Jesus to be truly present in and amongst their suffering, we are called to reflect on ourselves as fruit-bearers of the Vine.  

How do we respond to those in need? How do we live out our faith? The fruit that we bear is the way that people encounter Jesus’ love in flesh and blood. Jesus invites us to follow him: to both receive and impart true love and acceptance. As we accept the challenge to step out of our comfort zone, the fruit of our faith reflects the love of Jesus in real, tangible ways.  

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Today's Reading: John 15:1, 5

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit... I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.’

Reflection Questions:

  • When have you encountered the love of Jesus in the midst of suffering?  How have you seen his love in amongst your pain?

  • What difference did that make to you?

  • How does your Christian walk call you act?  Where are the margins you are called to?

  • How can you enlist the support and encouragement of others to help you step out of your comfort zone?

For further background on the passage read here.

Daily Bible Readings:

Wed 8 April

John 15:1-17

How does Jesus flesh out what he has said of himself?

Thur 9 April

Isaiah 5:1-7

How has God spoken of vines and vineyards before? How might this have special relevance today (Maundy Thursday)?

Fri  10 April

Matthew 21:33-46

Jesus tells a parable of a vineyard, that is particularly pertinent to reflect on this Good Friday.

Sat 11 April

John 15:18-16:6

This statement of Jesus is part of his farewell discourse to his disciples in John 14-17. How is he preparing them for his absence?

Sun 12 April

John 15:1-5

Sit with this text, mulling it over slowly today

Mon 13 April

James 2:14-23

How does this text talk about producing fruit?

Tue 14 April

Galatians 5:22-

What does fruit look like?


Lord Jesus, thank you for the way that you have pursued us.  Your love and acceptance never ceases. You seek us out and love us in all of our being and every part of our journey: the joyful and the suffering.  As we are connected to you, the Vine, may we always be open to what it means to follow you. Give us courage to examine the fruit we bear. Make us secure in your love, knowing that to follow you is both to be held and loved unconditionally, as well as to be challenged to show that love to those on the margins. In Jesus name, Amen. 


Dr. Anne Pattel-Gray was the first Aboriginal person to graduate with a Ph.D., from the University of Sydney and has a Doctor of Divinity. She is a recognised scholar, Aboriginal activist and prolific writer with several publications –chapters, articles, edited works and authored books.

Jesus Says 'I AM'