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WEDNESDAY OF THE FIFTH WEEK OF EASTER, MAY 10, 2023







Gospel

"that you bear much fruit and become my disciples."


REFLECTION



Bougainvillea is a thorny climbing flowering vine, bush, and tree. The best time to prune bougainvilleas is in late winter or early spring after it flowers, or at the start of the rainy season. If you wait until late summer or early fall, your plant may produce fewer flowers during the following winter. It's a good idea to wear heavy gloves, since bouganvilleas have sharp thorns. Removing dead, diseased, or dying branches can be done at any time of the year. This tropical perennial comes in a variety of colors, including purple, red and orange. The bougainvillea's thick, thorn-covered vines require regular pruning, trimming and pinching to keep it healthy and to make it look its best. These simple steps will keep your tropical plant looking great year after year.


With hope and patience, one cuts and prunes the scraggily, long, thorny and uneven branches hoping for something beautiful to appear. Pruning a bougainvillea is painful and bloody. You can sort of say that the bougainvillea resists any work done as its thorny branches make it very hard. But the end results are absolutely beautiful flowers.


We learn so much from nature and God's divine work. God prunes us to eliminate sin and bad behavior. The end result is a glorious body in heaven. He has done the hard work. His passion and death on the Cross and the Resurrection bring us salvation. But as a good gardener, He continues to watch over us so that we can bear fruit for His Kingdom. He wants to use us as powerful instruments of His grace in the world.


Are we willing to let ourselves be spiritually pruned and nourished? Do we let Him humble us and strip away our pride? We can be stronger and better prepared for more pruning when we continually turn to Him.


Trust Him and His divine plan, and bear the best fruit God wants you to be.


God Bless You





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