Wednesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Book of Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9, & Matthew 7:15-20
In today's Gospel narrative, Jesus warns us that appearances can be deceiving. We can't judge a book by its cover; moreover, we have to find out what's inside. A wolf can wear a sheepskin, but that doesn't make him a sheep. The wolf is trying to trick the sheep. He is trying to look innocent because he wants to eat the sheep. Therefore, a wolf in sheep clothing will eat sheep. Changing his outward appearance does not change his inner nature. He is still a wolf regardless of his appearance, and his behavior will show his true nature. Grapes can only come from grapevines and nowhere else, just as thorn bushes cannot produce grapes. It's not in their nature. The bottom line is—everything has an innate nature that will eventually show through.
My granddaughter has just finished her second year in college. She told me that she just finished reading the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. She said she learned that nothing good comes from zombies. Tthe only thing to do with a zombie is to shoot it in the head. But in zombie movies, people are torn. The zombies are reanimated dead bodies, but they look like the people they used to be. There is always someone in a zombie movie who hesitates and does not shoot the zombie in the head because it looks like his or her sweetheart. But, of course, it is not. Zombies are carnivorous monsters who only want to kill humans, something the loved ones they resemble could never do.
Friends, our lesson today is to look at actions and not appearances. We are not to trust the wolf who looks innocent in the sheepskin but see what fruit he bears. He will prove himself to be the ravenous monster he is underneath, not the innocent, gentle sheep he appears to be on the surface. Only a fig tree can bear figs; you will only get pricked by a thistle. The good people show their virtue, and the bad cannot hide their true nature for long.
Question of the Day: How will you be able to notice someone who would deceive you as a wolf in sheep's clothing?
Prayer: Please recite the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel: Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.