The Good News for the Day, June 28, 2017
Wednesday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time (373)
Jesus says to his followers and friends: “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you appearing like sheep—beneath their appearance they are hungry wolves. By their fruits you get to know them. Do people gather grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from briar patches? And there is this—a good tree bears good fruit; a rotten tree, bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree produce good fruit. A tree that does not give good fruit gets cut down and thrown as kindling into the fire. There is it—by their fruits you get to know them.” (Matthew 7)
We have a saying about public figures—Do they just talk—or do they walk the walk—do people do what they say they believe in? Do you?
The good news is your integrity that comes as a gift to you. Who you are is the fruit of your conscience, your appreciation, and your choices. You are what you see yourself as—reflective of your weaknesses and failures, as well as your virtues and achievements. You share the humanity of everyone around you—a mix of good and bad, selfishness and nobility. You have hidden motives that emerge as good fruit that others enjoy—but do not know why. Your roots and truth are solid (Did you know that truth and tree comes from the same ancient common source—Your truth is solid and alive as a tree).
Yes, there are false prophets, and certainly someone like James Jones who had his thousand followers commit suicide illustrates how such people lead others to death. The touchstone of a true prophet is whether she or he encourages Life, nourishes nobility, generosity and service in others, whether that “prophet” teaches appreciation and kindness.
You are such a prophet, when, like God, you create in others fresh Life, fresh and nourishing fruit.