Reading I


A reading from the Second Book of Kings (2 Kgs 22:8-13; 23:1-3)


The high priest Hilkiah informed the scribe Shaphan,

“I have found the book of the law in the temple of the LORD.”

Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, who read it.

Then the scribe Shaphan went to the king and reported,

“Your servants have smelted down the metals available in the temple

and have consigned them to the master workmen

in the temple of the LORD.”

The scribe Shaphan also informed the king

that the priest Hilkiah had given him a book,

and then read it aloud to the king.

When the king heard the contents of the book of the law,

he tore his garments and issued this command to Hilkiah the priest,

Ahikam, son of Shaphan,

Achbor, son of Micaiah, the scribe Shaphan,

and the king’s servant Asaiah:

“Go, consult the LORD for me, for the people, for all Judah,

about the stipulations of this book that has been found,

for the anger of the LORD has been set furiously ablaze against us,

because our fathers did not obey the stipulations of this book,

nor fulfill our written obligations.”


The king then had all the elders of Judah

and of Jerusalem summoned together before him.

The king went up to the temple of the LORD with all the men of Judah

and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem:

priests, prophets, and all the people, small and great.

He had the entire contents of the book of the covenant

that had been found in the temple of the LORD, read out to them.

Standing by the column, the king made a covenant before the LORD

that they would follow him

and observe his ordinances, statutes and decrees

with their whole hearts and souls,

thus, reviving the terms of the covenant

which were written in this book.

And all the people stood as participants in the covenant.


Responsorial Psalm (119:33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40)

  1. (33a) Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Instruct me, O LORD, in the way of your statutes,

that I may exactly observe them.

  1. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Give me discernment, that I may observe your law

and keep it with all my heart.

  1. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Lead me in the path of your commands,

for in it I delight.

  1. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Incline my heart to your decrees

and not to gain.

  1. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Turn away my eyes from seeing what is vain:

by your way give me life.

  1. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.

Behold, I long for your precepts;

in your justice give me life.

  1. Teach me the way of your decrees, O Lord.




Jn 15:4a, 5b

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.

Remain in me, as I remain in you, says the Lord;

whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.




From the Gospel according to Matthew (Mt 7:15-20)


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.”



Not only can the prophets be false, but also their prophecies and suggestions. That is why we always need to be watchful. Indeed, a Christian is precisely a man or woman who knows how to watch his or her heart. A heart in which many things come and go, is like a local market where you find everything. This is precisely the reason why the constant work of discernment is so needed, in order to understand what is truly of the Lord. (Santa Marta, Jan 7, 2014)