Anyhow, I read a quote from St. Augustine in my "In Conversation with God" meditation yesterday about this Gospel passage and I thought I would share it with you here. Enjoy pondering it!
"The branches of the vine are most despicable if they are not joined to the vine; and are most noble if they are...If they are cut off they are of use neither to the vinedresser nor to the carpenter. The branches are for one of two things: the vine or the fire. If they are not on the vine they go to the fire; to avoid the fire they must be united to the vine."