This is a magnificent image depicting the Water of Baptism as the Vine, the very Heart of God, flowing over the soul of the newly Baptized by the power of the Cross. THE VINE AS THE HEART OF GOD The young vine shoot bedded in the earth. Small branch, always remember well that you are of God, that you are in God, and that you are for God. GRACE OF HOLY BAPTISM Letaille See John 15:1-5 Note: Holy Saturday is the day when many are baptized into Christ. At the Easter Vigil service, all Christians renew their Baptismal Promises.
Our parish priest, Fr. Lawrence, asked us to ponder the response of the disciples when Christ told them that one of them would betray Him: "Lord, is it I?" He went on to explain that by their example of humility in the presence of their Lord, we know that none of us can feel sure of our state of holiness in the eyes of God, that in the heart of each person born into the human condition there are serpents coiled and dormant waiting to bite us, to bite each other and to bite God. He prayed that each of us who will enter into of the Great Mystery of the saving Death and Resurrection of Our Lord, may see the serpents in our own heart nailed to the Cross, raised up, as Moses raised up the serpent in the desert, foreshadowing the healing of all who look upon the Cross of Christ in faith and accept His saving power.
WAKE UP It is time to think of Jesus. Bouasse Lebel, Pl.1411
And a wonderful way to "wake up and think of Jesus" during the Lenten season is to visit ENLARGING THEHEART ~ Mark Armitage's gracious offering of devotional readings from the early fathers and the saints.