“The Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses: Taking some of the spirit that was on Moses, the Lord bestowed it on the seventy elders, as the spirit came upon them as they prophesied… ‘Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets! Would that the Lord would bestow his spirit on them all. Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.’”
On the day of our baptism, when we were anointed with the Holy Chrism we were told that we participate with Jesus as—priest, prophet and king. A prophet is a spokesperson for God. We read from the Major Prophets in the Old Testament, and know the teaching of the minor ones, as Micah, Amos, Hosea and others. Some say the age of prophets ended at the close of the first testament.
No, that is not true. Because we too are called to witness to Christ, we too are spokespersons for the Lord, His prophets today. We speak as witnesses by our actions. We speak as teachers of His word. We bring the call to conversion to a needy world. We find the witness of prophets in Saint Archbishop Oscar Romero, Blessed Stanley Rother and the religious martyrs of El Salvador. They are prophetic voices, calling out for justice, an end to oppression, as agents for peace.
“Remember that when you leave this earth you can take with you nothing that you have received—only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, courage.” (St. Francis of Assisi). Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His love! St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
Joyfully in the Lord,
Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish