Dear Cathedral Family and Friends,
When Jesus was taking leave of his friends in earthly ministry, according to John’s account, he gave them a strong image to remember how they would remain connected to him—and to each other. He said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. […] Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 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.”
Rooted and grounded in God’s love, connected to Jesus in our baptism, bound together in our shared life in the Body of Christ—this gives us the capacity to bear much fruit, the fruit of God’s love. We can see the fruits of God’s love all around us if we pay attention.
One example of that fruit will be visible this Sunday afternoon, when the graduating seniors of the Kappa League will “reveal” their college acceptances and scholarships. These young men and their parents will gather in the outdoor safety of our courtyard, where their sponsor Carl Cunningham, Jr. will announce their accomplishments and congratulate them and their parents for their achievements. Their Cathedral Family is happy to open our space for this annual event at the end of a year when most of their gatherings have been virtual.
The opportunities that these fine young men now have are the fruit of their hard work, the dedication of their mentors, and the support that comes from people like the members of the Cathedral Family, who offer funds to support their preparations for college entrance exams and who also support them with their prayers.
You will have the opportunity to be connected to them, and to participate in bearing more fruit, through our annual Kappa League Brunch on Sunday, May 16. You may buy tickets and pick up meals on the day of the event, after church, but the greatest way to be a part would be to click on this link.
Together, we can be part of great things, Jesus said. Unconnected, alone in ourselves, we can do nothing. Jesus’ final words this Sunday are these: “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
In Christ’s love,