A reading from the gospel of Matthew 7:15-20
Jesus said to his disciples:
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.
16 By their fruits, you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles?
17 Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 So by their fruits, you will know them.”
Reflection: Bearing Fruit
Every farmer expects his trees to bear fruit. Imagine his great disappointment when harvest time comes and he cannot even recoup his investment because some trees did not bear fruit.
The same is true with God. His words are seeds. He expects his words to make a positive result on those who hear them. He expects His children not just to bear fruit but to bear good fruits.
The gospel today warns us to be aware of hypocritical people who claim to have faith in God yet behave like wild animals. Our faith must show itself outwardly in our behavior. As believers, we love our neighbors as ourselves and observe the beatitudes. Moreover, we must show our gifts of the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. This is the only way by which other people will know that we are true witnesses of the Lord.