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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 27, A.D. 2001

Genesis 15:1-12,17-18
Psalm 105:1-4,6-9
Matthew 7:15-20

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"By their fruits you will know them" Matthew 7:16 (Douay-Rheims)

In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us to be on our guard against deception, against false prophets. How are we to recognize what is authentic and not just a cover-up? Must we always be wary and skeptical, hardly trusting anything or anybody? It can make us question how we dare be like little children; yet that is what we are told we must be in order to enter the kingdom of God. But, wouldn't having child-like trust leave us vulnerable prey to the wise and clever?

As question piles upon question, we begin to understand that it is precisely because we are so little and that we need our Jesus to protect and defend us. He doesn't warn us to be careful then run and leave us with out a clue how to be careful. Instead He provides us direction -- divine direction. He speaks simply, like to a child: "you can tell by its fruit."

With these sparse but profound words Jesus teaches us the beginning steps for authentic discernment. Let us then consider what kind of tree Jesus is. What kind of fruit does He produce?

- Donna Raye Nelson, ocds

St. Cyril of Alexandria

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/

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