Today we have a very interesting first reading from 2 Kings. The book of the law had been lost, and was found. The king summoned all the people and the book of the law was read aloud to them all. The king then renews the covenant with the LORD.
In the Gospel reading today from Matthew 7, Jesus warns, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them.” Jesus knew quite well that people would come along and try to lead others away from God, while pretending to be speaking in the name of God. Thus has it been for throughout the history of Christianity.
It would be easy enough to point fingers even today to some that I would consider false prophets. Especially in our culture of death, there are many that are all too happy to lead the faithful astray. But I believe we must also look inward. What about our fruits? None of us would like to think that we are a false prophet. An honest look at our fruits can be very revealing.
Father, you know that we never want to lead others astray. Help us to live and teach Jesus’ prophetic message, that we may bear good fruit. Amen.