22nd of June

Publié le 21 Juin 2022

Gospel text

(Mt 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.”


The Application


There two things that I personally would like keep in mind, particularly in my pastoral ministry. That I may be a holy priest to my people and that they may taste divine love and compassion, through my words, deeds and through my very person. I may not succeed in my mission, but try to remain faithful to this principle.

Jesus invites each and every one of us, to apply our gifts of discernment and intelligence, before jumping into conclusion. We tend to give good certificate to people close to us, particularly whom we like, and look others with certain doubts. In normal relationship, there is no harm in it.

However, if we wish to follow someone, then, there is a need for deep discernment, which comes with due patience and perseverance. We need to observe them, when they are troubled and challenged. Are they filled with love and compassion or with vengeance and revenge? The fruit will help us to discern what is deep in them, their intention.


Action of the day: Be a person filled with love and compassion.

"By their fruits you will know them"


+ Fr. Antoni ORIOL i Tataret

(Vic, Barcelona, Spain)


Today, a new evangelic contrast opens up before our eyes, the one between the good tree and the rotten tree. The avowals of Jesus are so simple they look almost simplistic. But we can affirm that they are certainly not! They are not simplistic, as real life is not simplistic either.

This one teaches us good trees can deteriorate and end up by bearing bad fruits while, on the other hand, there may be rotten trees ending up by bearing good fruits. So what does “every good tree bears good fruit” (Mt 7:17) mean? It means that the good one is good as long as he does not stop doing good things. That he does good things and he does not get tired of it. He does good and he does not give up before the temptation to do evil. He does good and perseveres till heroism. He does good and if by any chance he yields to the weariness of acting like this, of falling before the temptation of doing evil, of getting scared before the non-negotiable demand, he sincerely and truly admits it, heartily repents and... restarts all over again.

Ah! And he also does it, amongst other reasons, because he is conscious that if the tree does not bear a good fruit, it will be cut down and thrown into the fire (the fear of God keeps the true vine of the vineyard!). And also because, by being aware through personal and social experience of the goodness of others through their good deeds, he knows that he can be recognized as a good person not only because of his good words but through his facts.

It is not enough to say: “Lord, Lord!” Faith is shown through our works! As St. James wrote: “Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works” (Jm 2:18).


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