Homily for Wednesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: By Their Fruits, You Shall Know Them
By: Fr. Evaristus Abu
Homily for Wednesday, June 26 2019
Genesis 15:1-12.17-18, Psalm 105 and Matthew 7:15-20
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15).
The difference between a good tree and a bad one is not in its shape, size, age or colour. Rather, it is in the nature of the fruits it produces. A tree may appear very nice on the outside, but if it bears rotten fruits, then it is good for nothing but to be cut down and used as firewood.
It is not a secret today that there are many fake men and women of God claiming to be sent from God when in fact, they are simply using the name of God as a cover for their unscrupulous business. These charlatans are so good in their trade that one can almost not distinguish them from the genuine.
It is easy to pretend, it is easy to deceive others; it is easy to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but then no matter how much we pretend to be who we are not, our fruits will eventually sell us out.
As Jesus told the Samaritan woman: “The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him” (John 4:23). Is my worship of God simply a show? What kind of fruits am I producing?
In today’s first reading, Abram is in conversation with God. When God told him to look at the stars and consider their number as his descendants, Abram believed it completely. His faith in God was credited to him as righteousness. We may pretend about everything else, but we can never pretend about our beliefs. In truth, what we believe determine the kind of fruits that we bear.
When God promised Abram a land, he asked for proof. “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” Is it the case that Abram doubted God for asking for a proof? God sees our heart, He knows when our demand for proof is because of our faith or because of our doubt.
Mary asked a similar question when the Angel Gabriel told her she was going to give birth to Jesus: “How shall this be, since I have no husband” (Luke 1:34)? Zechariah asked a similar question, but in his case, his heart was full of doubt.
Instead of getting an answer, his power of speech was withheld for some time. There is no crime in asking God for proof (clarification, certainty) but be sure that there is no doubt in your heart.
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, free me from self-deception and pretence, Amen.
*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Wednesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary time. Bible Study: Genesis 15:1-12.17-18, Psalm 105 and Matthew 7:15-20).*