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I was reading the other day that there are people among us who read the future as others read the past. We call these folks, prophets. They can look ahead clearly. They are voices in the wilderness and often ignored. or example, there were people who warned of 9/11 long before it happened. There were those who could the worldwide implications of the rise of the Nazi party in Germany in the 1920s! There were military experts who warned of an attack on Pearl Harbor. There were people like Leonardo Da Vinci who thought of flying machines long before the Wright brothers. There were prophets of no-till agriculture long before it became the method for so many people. We could go on and on.
Prophets in the Scriptural Sense are those who speak for God. We think of
Ezechial in the first reading; of Isaiah whom we read during Advent who foretold the coming of Jesus, the Messiah; of Jeremiahs who spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem. What they said came true. So many of those to whom the prophets spoke wrote them off a being "nuts", and full of hot air. Opponents said, "Who does he think he is to tell us how things ought to be?"
That is precisely what happened to Jesus in the Gospel. Some said as we just
heard, "Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hand? He is just a carpenter. Why we know his family." The conclusion is that because we know all this we do not have to pay any special attention because we already know what he/she has to say!
Our brothers and Sisters, and you as many, have a prophetic role. It goes with our profession and our baptism because Jesus whose life we live was Priest, Prophet, and King. How often do we look deep into our hearts to see if we are really living a prophetic life? In our actions and words do we speak the things of God; do we live a life of love? Is it possible to expect that someone can look at us and say, "There is a human being who dares to go against the grain, question prevailing values, and dare to read the future? Jesus did. We ought to.