Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Let’s reflect on the prophet since the first reading for the Mass for the fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time this year refer specifically to the prophet. Ezekiel is told by God that he was being sent so that “…this set of rebels will know that there is a prophet among them.” We are being told as well that the Church is being sent by God to speak to people so that they too will know that there is a prophet among
Before we proceed however let us define the word prophet. The Oxford Dictionary defines as prophet “… a person regarded being sent by God to teach people.” Prophets therefore have a specific task of being sent to teach. In that light the Church is the prophet in our society today. The Church is called by God and sent so that people in Barbados will know that there is a prophet here in our nation. By virtue of our baptism we are the visible church since we are members of the very Body of Christ which is the Church.
In the Gospel for today Jesus points to his own experience as a prophet and forewarns us that our very own people will despise us when we prophesy. Yet it’s our vocation to so live and proclaim the Good News that our people will “…know that there is a prophet among us.”
Yes, Jesus, through the Holy Spirit sends us out to proclaim and live the Joy of the Gospel. When we do so and encounter rejection, remember that Jesus did say, “A prophet is despised only in his own country…”
Will you be that prophet?
Fr. Clement Paul