Mass Readings: 2 Kings 24:8-13/Matthew 7:21-29

See and Do

There are a lot of ways to learn. And each of us has his or her own unique method, both formal and informal. One way we all learn (and we all teach!) is by example. From the time we’re toddlers, often what we see is what we do.

In today’s Gospel Jesus uses metaphorical language to express the importance of setting a good example. He warns against false prophets and others who have set a poor one and so are teaching the people incorrectly. He suggests that we need to associate with those who set good examples, who bear good fruit. That’s another lesson that was offered to most of us at a tender age: Be careful picking your friends! No matter our age now, that’s still good advice.

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for the good people in my life; help me be more like them.