Ordinary time, week 12, Gn 15,1-12, 17-18; Mt 7,15-20
We have heard today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us a practical way by which we can discern the working of God in our own life and in the life of others. He said “ You can tell them by their fruits”. And “Every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.”
You may hear this story: “To the disciples who were always asking for words of wisdom the Master said, Wisdom is not expressed in words. It reveals itself in action. But when he saw them plunge into activity, he laughed and said. That is not action. That is motion.”
Jesus tells us to beware of false prophets because they appear as a good spiritual guide, as a wise man but there are no thing else. Their words are empty of meaning because they bear no fruits, there is no real action. How about our own life? When we examine our actions and the fruit born of those actions, from where does that fruit originate? The real actions, and real fruits for us as a Christian should be the fruit of the prayer, the grace and the love of God, the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Only the Spirit of God can help us to go in the right way. The way of faith and confidence in God as Abram did have in the promise of God in today’s first reading.
When we look at our own life, what good fruit, born for the upbuilding of the Kingdom of God, do we see? Are these actions rooted in prayer and God’s grace or only motions.