22 June 2016
Wednesday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Paulinus of Nola, Bishop;
Sts. John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs
2 Kgs 22:8 – 13; 23:1 – 3 / Mt 7:15 –20
St. Paulinus of Nola (355 -431), born of a noble Roman family in Bordeaux, was successively Prefect, Senator and Consul. Converted to Christianity, he became Bishop of Nola.
Sts. John Fisher (1469 -1535), Bishop of Rochester amd Chancellor of Cambridge Universtiy, and Thomas More (1478 – 1535), humanist and Lord Chancellor to King Henry VIII of England gave up their lives in testimony to the unity of the Church and the insolubility of Christian marriage.
From the 1st Reading: 2 Kgs 23: 3
The king made a covenant in the presence of Yahweh, promising to follow him, to keep his commandments and laws and to respect his ordinances. He promised to keep this covenant according to what was written in the book with all his heart and with all his soul. And all the peopl promised with him.
Gospel Reading: Mt 7: 15 – 20
Jesus said, "Beware of false prophets: they come to you in sheep's clothing but inside they are wild wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Do you ever pick grapes from thornbushes, 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 in the fire. So you will know them by their fruit."
In today's Gospel reading Jesus warns and speaks to us of false prophets. He tell us of the imminent coming of false prophets. But how do we know who are false prophets? Jesus tells us these people appear to be righteous people, holy and good, "they come to you in sheep's clothing but inside they are wild wolves." They may be people around us, clergy, religious or lay. How can we distinguish who are true and who are false?
Jesus says not all who profess his name are true believers. He also says, "You will recognize them by their fruits." They may appear good and righteous, but they will always sow discord instead of unity. Unity is the fruit of the Holy Spirit, discord is Satan's instant trademark. They will be more concerned with their own advancement rather than the glory of God. They will worship creatures more than the Creator. Their doctrines will be more self–centered rather than God–centered.
In the first reading, we see King Josiah as a true prophet. He leads his people in fulfilling the covenant that their fathers and they made with God. Let us follow his example and may our prayer today be: "Teach us the way of your decrees, O Lord. Give us the wisdom to recognize the false prophets in our lives and the courage to refute them."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
For the healing and speedy recovery of Suipin Sy.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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