Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time...Cycle B
January 31, 2021
The Call of the Prophets
In spite of all of the struggles of the Hebrew people, God gave them promises that gave them hope.
Moses addressed them and gave them hope that God would always be with them, and that He would speak to them through the prophets that He would send in all generations.
We all have our idea of what a prophet is. Some think it is like a fortune teller who can see into the future. But that is not the case. A prophet is one that is called to make God present to the world and its people.
In the Gospel we hear about Jesus speaking and all are amazed at what He said. He was identified as a Holy One, a prophet who makes God present.
Where are the prophets in our own life time?
At our Baptism, we were anointed and called to be prophet, priest, and king. We are to make Christ present in the world, not so much by our words, but by our actions-our forgiveness, compassion, mercy, understanding, not judging.
St. Paul addressed a community who believed the last times were not too far off; that before they died, Christ would come and take them to eternal life. We know that did not happen as they thought, however, there is truth to this belief today for us; for Christ comes everyday for us.
Paul told the Corinthians not to become caught up in the things of this world, so that they would not miss His coming.
Those same words of St. Paul hold true for us today.
It is so easy to get so caught up in money, possessions, health, relationships, etc. that we fail to recognize the many comings of Christ for us everyday.
This Sunday's readings can help us to once again recall that God has called and anointed us to be...
...Prophets-making God present for people we encounter
...Priests-making sacrifices so others can find the presence of God
...Kings-making God's kingdom present in the world today
At times we may fail to make Him present to others by our lack of mercy, love, compassion, and forgiveness even to the enemy, to the one who is difficult. But we can begin again and again for that is our call.
We are not to give up.
That is our mission, our commission!
He will not abandon us
Video Clip on the Gospel...Fr. Greg Friedman Franciscan