From a Creighton Student's Perspective
June 22, 2011
“So by their fruits you will know them.” -Matthew 7:20
Jesus is speaking with his disciples in today’s Gospel about prophets. He says to be weary of false prophets but says that their words and actions distinguish their souls. Jesus compares the souls of prophets, and essentially the souls of all of us, to fruits. A truly bad person, as Jesus is saying, cannot exude anything positive from his or her inner self. He says that one’s fruit—his or her soul, inner self, behavior, and belief system—distinguishes one from another. If the fruit is rotten (which is caused by rotten behaviors), then the person is rotten. He is saying that no good can come from evil, and no evil can come from good.
Originally, I had a little bit of difficulty deciphering the message of the Gospel because when speaking of a “good and bad tree” and a “good and bad fruit,” I cannot help but apply that to mean a “good and bad person.” I have trouble with this because I am someone who likes to think that there are not evil people, only evil actions done by people. I do not believe that one person can be absolutely bad in all of his or her entirety. The Lord’s light shines on all of us, so I believe that we all have the potential to do and be good.
I like to think that the meaning of the Gospel applies to the Fruits of the Spirit and the other gifts in which God grants us. Our personal fruits depend on how we treat these gifts sent from God. Do we nurture the fruits that we bear, or do we leave them to rot, being forgotten and straying from our faith? We all are sinners because we are human, but may that fact not lead us astray.
May our lives be faithful and fruitful and remain on the path to the Light.
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