Fr Prodencio Bognay today reads from the Gospel of Matthew (7: 15-20) in which Jesus tells his disciples to 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’.
Fr Prodencio says we can know, to a certain degree, whether our own actions in relation to our personal convictions are nourishing us deep inside or eating us alive.
While Jesus warns about false prophets during his time, we have come to this age when false prophets are lesser becoming a threat to our upbringing. We have become wiser in not allowing false prophets to influence us because we have integrated scientific approaches in our spiritual activities.
On the other hand, while we may easily detect false prophets nowadays, our greater challenge is for us to spot which among our personal convictions that we have accumulated over time are beneficial from those that are destructive.
Given our capacity to know after these years of our human evolution, we are now at this age where we ourselves can distinguish certain beliefs that are really nourishing spiritually from those that mislead us. It appears then that while we may not be threatened with the misleading influence of false prophets, our problems can be our own misleading hardened convictions.
In closing, Fr Prodencio says, may we then continue to grow in our spirituality by attending to those that bring us good fruits.