Jesus said, a branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains on the vine. In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me.”  John 15:4

A popular tradition concerns a Greek slave named Aesop.  Like Jesus, he used stories to teach people, especially small children.  One of his stories is about a man who had several sons who were always fighting among themselves.  One day he called them together and set in front of them a bundle of small branches.  Then he invited each son to try to break the bundle in half.  Of course, no son could.  Then the father untied the bundle and gave the branches—one by one—to the sons to break.  They did so with ease.  The father then made his point:  “My sons, if you remain united, you will be able to withstand any enemy.  If you do not remain united, any enemy will be able to defeat you.”

How does this story of the branches relate to Jesus’ story of the vine and the branches?  How does this story relate to AA meetings?

If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it.   I Cor. 12-26