Memory of the Saints and the Prophets

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Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people acquired by God
to proclaim his marvellous works.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 7, 15-20

'Beware of false prophets who come to you disguised as sheep but underneath are ravenous wolves.

You will be able to tell them by their fruits. Can people pick grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?

In the same way, a sound tree produces good fruit but a rotten tree bad fruit.

A sound tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a rotten tree bear good fruit.

Any tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown on the fire.

I repeat, you will be able to tell them by their fruits.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

You will be holy,
because I am holy, thus says the Lord.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Jesus puts his listeners on guard against the danger of being attracted by false prophets, that is, against that way of life that seems easier and more immediate, but which, in reality, steals life like a ravenous wolf. It is easy for men and women to let themselves be attracted by a life that seems "normal" but that, in reality, contains little love. Jesus reminds us that the temptations of the world can seem flattering and reasonable and so are able to attract many people. This is precisely why they are so dangerous. But how can we recognize them? There is a way to recognize false prophecies. All those thoughts and ideas that sadden our hearts and lives, leaving them barren and incapable of bearing good fruit for ourselves and others are false prophecies. If our hearts are full of themselves, they cannot bear fruits of love. On the contrary, if we cut back the branches of selfishness and let the Gospel work, we will bear fruits of good work. After listing the works of the flesh, the Apostle Paul proposes a list of the nine fruits of the Spirit of God: love, joy, peace, patience, benevolence, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control (Gal 5:22).