In today’s gospel Jesus warns us against false prophets. But how can we learn enough to know that someone is a false prophet without exposing ourselves to spiritual danger? It sounds easy enough, but are we able to discern and recognize the difference between the sheep and the wolves? To do so we must first understand what a true prophet is.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,
but underneath are ravenous wolves.
By their fruits you will know them.
Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
Just so, every good tree bears good fruit,
and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,
nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down
and thrown into the fire.
So by their fruits you will know them.”
A true prophet is one who leads the people of God to get ever closer to Jesus Christ. A true prophet always seeks the good of others, and does not seek to be considered wise and holy. A true prophet is wise and holy because of the grace bestowed by the Lord.