Prophets of God.
Today’s readings are about prophets, the prophet Ezekiel and the prophet Jesus.
Both were sent (missio) to be witnesses to God’s work among His people.
The lessons today are important for all the baptised as all the baptised are called and anointed to be prophets and to do the same work as Jesus and Ezekiel. Your first reaction may be, …what, me a prophet!
How are the baptised Prophets in Christ?
Firstly, you have been chosen by God. We are all called to be prophets. We are called as members of “Christ’s” body (“Christus” means the anointed one). Our “prophetic mission” is founded in the sacrament of Christian baptism. In the Baptismal Rite we are anointing with sacred chrism oil with these words…
“As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King,
so may you live always as a member of his body,
sharing everlasting life.”
Secondly, we are called prophets by being companions and witnesses to Christ in our families, among our friends and at our work place. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says the prophetic mission of the laity is to be… “accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of the world” (CCC, 905). We are Prophets… when we speak the truth and give a good example to our spouses and in our families. We are prophets when others may have fallen away from their prayer life but we continue with ours. We are prophets when we live as Christians before our extended families, neighbours, and co-workers. Just like Jesus we don’t work alone and unassisted, we work through the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who inspires and strengthens us to be faithful witnesses. This is very consoling especially when we consider Our Lord’s own words, … ‘A prophet is only despised in his own country, among his own relations, and in his own house’
To accomplish this “mission” (being sent) into the world, we need to pray always! Jesus prayed continually throughout His entire life. In fact, it is a great relief to know that when we pray we are always assisted by the Holy Spirit, thus, we can relate to the first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel… “The spirit came into me and made me stand up, and I heard the Lord speaking to me.” I think all of us would agree that it is only by the inspiration and strength of the Holy Spirit that we are able to profess our Catholic Faith in the ordinary circumstances of our lives.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and enkindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit,
did instruct the hearts of the faithful,
grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise
and ever to rejoice in His consolation.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.