Beware of false prophets: they come to you in sheep’s clothing; but inside, they are voracious wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Do you ever pick grapes from thorn bushes; or figs, from thistles?
A good tree always produces good fruit. A rotten tree produces bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit; and a rotten tree cannot bear good fruit. Any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruit.
In our first reading, we hear of the righteous King Josiah makes a covenant to follow God and keep his commandments. Not only that, as a leader, he wanted his people to do the same. As Christians, we too are called to be faithful to this covenant. In our Gospel, Jesus teaches us how we can do it. He admonishes us to be good trees producing good fruits. This just means that we have to remain faithful to God not only in words but also in action. We must be authentic disciples and not like wolves in sheep’s clothing – our faith must not only before appearance but must be in our hearts and in our actions. /Vulnerasti, 2022