Remain in Me

Remain in Me

June 27, 2018

Wednesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

The Gospel Today
Matthew 7:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but underneath are ravenous wolves.
By their fruits you will know them.
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Just so, every good tree bears good fruit,
and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down
and thrown into the fire.
So by their fruits you will know them.”

Reflection (Sem. Edgar R. Calma)

“A mango tree cannot produce a guava fruit. In the same token that a guava tree cannot bear a mango fruit.” I have learned this from my grandparents when I was still growing up. But I guess, we all know that this is not possible because by the very nature of these trees they can produce what is not inherent in their respective natures. The composition and essence of a mango tree is very much different from a guava tree. Hence, one cannot produce the other and vice-versa because they cannot give the quality which is not first and foremost intrinsic to their genetic makeup. So that, in the process if we recognize a mango fruit, we can immediately conclude without doubt that such fruit came from a mango tree and there is no other tree that can product such fruit.

If today we are being warned about fake news, in the Gospel we hear our Lord Jesus Christ cautioning us to beware of the false prophets. His warning is very imaginative because these false prophets may appear to be wearing sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. He said, “By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.” (Matthew 7:16-20)

As Christians wanting to follow Christ and desiring to have a fruitful life, Jesus asked us to always remain in Him. He said that apart from Him we can do nothing. We will truly bear much fruit, uncover the inherent good in us if we carry our cross daily, kneel in prayer and beg Him to send forth the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen us everyday especially in moments of trails, tribulations and temptations. May we be keen and alert in recognizing the divine presence of Christ through the Holy Spirit when we become more and more patient with our neighbors, meek, loving, caring, understanding, humble, forgiving and grateful amidst occasions of rejection, humiliation, sickness, sorrow and pain. For by our words and actions, we will know who is with us, whose presence is guiding and molding us.

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