Jesus speaks to us today as the Vine. He reminds us that we are the branches and His Father is the Vine grower. It is the branches that grow the fruit (good works) but only by being connected to the Vine, Jesus. From time to time we need to be pruned just like the branches have to be pruned. We may carry the dead wood of missed opportunities, We may be a barren branch of arrogance or any other fault. We need to be pruned so that we can come to full and fruitful life in Christ.