Dear Sisters and Brothers,
When we were baptized, we were all anointed as prophets. The actual words that were prayed during the ceremony are “As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet and King, so may you ...”
Today we see and hear Jesus acclaiming himself as a prophet. At the same time, he states that prophets are never accepted by their own people. “But who is a prophet?”, you may ask. A prophet is someone who is called by God to speak to his people about their relationship with him and each other. The message tells them what their attitude and behavior are and can lead to. However, the message is always a call to repentance, a call to hope, a call to positive action.
The problem then was, and now is, that people tend to disregard prophets from among them. In today’s Gospel, Jesus experiences that very disregard. Last week he won the admiration of all, and this week that admiration leads to them questioning his qualification. It is that that moves Jesus to say, “No prophet is ever accepted in his own country.”
As Christians, we are therefore prophets to each other and those we encounter daily. Let us work and pray diligently for the grace to honor the prophet in each of us.
Fr. Clement Paul,