Dear sisters and brothers,
Just as an orchard is judged by the quality of its fruit, so a person’s talk shows what kind of person he is. (First Reading) This links with what Jesus says in the Gospel: ‘A tree is known by its fruit…the words of the mouth flow out of what fills the heart.’
In the Gospel it is no longer a question of love of enemies, but of love of one’s brothers and sisters in the community. A Christian is his brother’s keeper. But one cannot undertake to guide others unless one has found the way oneself. Hence, self-criticism must precede criticism of others. This applied especially to Christian teachers.
But it had even more relevance for prophets in the early Church. These were people who had received this gift from God and more or less guided the community. But the community had to be careful because there were also false prophets.
Just as we judge a tree by its fruit, so we judge a prophet by his actions. Any prophet who teaches the truth is none the less a false prophet if he does not himself practice what he teaches. The true prophet is one who behaves in the Lord’s way.
Peace and Everything good!
Fr. Valery Burusu