The True Vine, therefore, symbolizes Jesus, the God-Man, our union with him and our dependence on him. The writers of the Old Testament saw in the vine a fitting symbol of Land. There it took root, spread rapidly, and filled the land. In the end. however, the Divine Husbandman was disappointed in his vine: "I planted you a choice vine, a wild plant." By being planted into his Death and Resurrection in Baptism, and nourished by the body of the Risen Saviour in the Holy Eucharist, we live in an organic union with Christ.
Note: All of these symbols can be seen on the outside walls of the Hesburgh Library.