did anyone else find a certain, umm..., irony between today's Gospel reading and Feast?
First, we celebrate Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, martyrs of the English Reformation, beheaded for their resistence to Henry VIII's Act of Supremecy and refusal to take the Oath. Bound by their conscience, they stayed true to their Catholic Faith while Henry took command of the Church of England.
After 500 years, we have a bit of perspective on how that worked out, I suppose.
And today's Gospel reading, from Matthew 7:15-20, shouuld have been warning enough:
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.”