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Matthew 7:15-20

The Word of God

Jesus told the crowds, "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits."

Matthew 7:15-20
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    • Our digital world is awash with instant gurus, guaranteeing all sorts of instant solutions in cleverly scripted soundbites. The next time I encounter one of these ‘false prophets’, I will endeavour to look below the attractive surface to examine the fruits rather than the promises.
    • This passage evokes the parable of the fig tree which had borne no fruit. The owner of the tree orders the gardener to cut it down. However, the gardener pleads for another year of tending and fertilising the tree and the owner agrees. However, borrowed time is not permanent. We do not know how much time each of us has left in life. We pray for the grace of a sense of urgency.
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    • Perhaps we have never needed the warning about false prophets as much as we do today, when the internet and social media so often presents us with many untruths. We can judge false prophets by the result of their words. If their words result in peace and love, we can believe them. If the result in hate, anger and criticism, we need to receive them with caution.
    • Lord, lead me to the truth.
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    • How does this passage touch me? Am I given to judging the book by the cover? Do I sometimes use this image to condemn others, as what would one expect from that family or that society or nation?
    • Might this passage be inviting me to look again at the talents, gifts that I have been given and being grateful for them and asking that I might be able to use them for the good of others?
    • Jesus frequently asked the people to judge him on his ‘works’.
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    • Jesus speaks richly in images: wolves, trees, sheep and fruit are brought to mind. If I were to speak to Jesus in images, to what might I compare my life?
    • As I draw close to Jesus in prayer, I realise that he is the source of truth and meaning. Other leaders may inspire and encourage, but I trust Jesus as the Truth.
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    • A tree does not go bad overnight. Rather, decay begins from within and it takes time to show on the outside. On the other hand, growth in goodness is evident. By my fruits others will know my inner worth.
    • Saint Irenaeus says: ‘The glory of God is the human person fully alive!’ I am meant to become ‘fully alive’ myself, and to help others to become fully alive also. There is the agenda for a lifetime!
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    • Jesus warns us to beware of false prophets, and gives us a very concrete and practical guideline for our discernment: Knowing them by their fruits. Our world sometimes can be so confusing, making so many promises of happiness and well-being, yet so full of suffering and loneliness. We need to discern, to realise there are not only false prophets, who bear fruit that is not good, but also good prophets whose message is true because it produces good fruit. I pray for the grace of insight and wisdom.
    • In this series of passages, I might be struck by Jesus' words about a future judgement: the tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. I too am called to bear good fruit, with a certain urgency.
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    • Saint Paul wrote of the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ (Galatians 5:22–23) when he lists love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control as evidence of God’s work. With God, I review these characteristics, giving thanks for where I find them present, asking for their strengthening and seeing how I am invited to fill out the character of my discipleship.
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    • Jesus has extraordinary clarity about what can be going on in the human heart. I can often see the bad spirit working in the heart of another, but what about my own heart?
    • I imagine myself as a fruit tree. What sort will it be? What size and colour? Lord, let me bear good fruit at harvest time!
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    • Popular messages appeal though they may not be true to the Gospel. Some predict doom and gloom, while others present a more liberal agenda. Genuine prophets teach the authentic way of Christ, but many false teachers in the human story proclaim their own message. We are reminded to be alert and attentive so that we can reflect and discern what is true.
    • A tree does not go bad overnight. Rather, decay tends to begin from within and it takes time before it becomes evident. Outward appearances may be good but loss of fruitfulness is observed. Or we lose direction, when something small creeps in and begins to take us off course. On the other hand, growth in goodness is evident. We have the potential for good and the Lord desires we develop it. By our fruits others will know us.
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    • How practical your words are, Lord. The world is awash with words -- such as what I am writing now -- and we need some way of knowing how to discern the true and good. Whether the speaker is a broadcaster or a bishop, a politician or a policeman, the only safe criterion is the one you give us: /you will know them by their fruits, by the way they live./
    • A good tree is well minded. It needs the right soil given at the right time, planted in the place for the weather it needs. It needs to be planted neither too near the other trees nor too far away. We grow if we are well tended - in education, in family, in love. We grow when we mind and nourish ourselves with the food and drink that do not ruin the body. Then the fruit is seen and others can enjoy and benefit from our lives. How we mind others in turn has its effect for many years.
    • Jesus promised me the Holy Spirit who enriches my life and is evident in my attitudes, words and actions. As I turn away from false prophets and seek guidance of those who may truly help me, I ask the Spirit for guidance.
    • I think of the fruits that I have prayed for in the past or pray for now. I ask God to help me to appreciate where these fruits may be budding, present or already given away. I pray that I may recognise fruits that I did not ask for but which God has generously given.
    • Jesus speaks richly in images: wolves, trees, sheep and fruit are brought to mind. If I were to speak to Jesus in images, to what might I compare my life?
    • As I draw close to Jesus in prayer, I realise that he is the source of truth and meaning. Other leaders may inspire and encourage, but I trust Jesus as the Truth.