You are a Prophet!
What? Don’t you wish you could tell the future! But to be a prophet is not about telling the future. Somewhere we all lost that definition of “prophet” and “prophecy”. If you are a baptized Christian, you are a prophet – believe it or not! In this week’s lesson, we see Ezekiel and Paul as they sacrifice to share the Truth. And we see Jesus fail to convert others, though He is sharing the Truth. He is sharing himself and some still do not believe! Sound familiar? The activity is a short discussion idea that is perfect for the dinner table. Or the car. And we learn a new word: Kerygma.
We are Called to be Prophets
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Catechesis At Home – Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B
We are Called to be a Prophet
DISCUSSION – What Does It Mean to Be a Prophet
What is a prophet? Sometimes we misunderstand this word thinking it is someone who can tell the future. A prophet is actually a person who relates to others what God has spoken to them. In today’s first reading, Ezekiel is tasked with speaking God’s Word to the Israelites, who have turned away from God. Not an easy thing to do – tell someone they are going the wrong direction in their lives. St. Paul in the second reading tells us how painful it is to be in the situation of preaching the Good News and suffering persecution because of it. And Jesus, in the Gospel, can’t even do it with the people he grew up with in Nazareth, because they know him as “the carpenter”, not a prophet or much less the Son of God!
When we are baptized we are not only made children of God, but also anointed into Christ’s ministry as priest, prophet and king. At Confirmation, our anointing with the Oil of Chrism a second time solidifies and brings to fullness this vocation. We are called to proclaim the Word of God to others. It is not always easy or convenient to do so. Sometimes it is dangerous to do. We must be ready and willing to do the hard things. God gives us the strength and grace, we need to use it and cooperate with it. Some of us are called to preach and evangelize publicly like Ezekiel and St. Paul. Others of us are called to preach and evangelize within our own circle of influence – parents and children, for example, are called to do this for each other. When we share and live our faith at home, at the dinner table, at work, and participate in faith formation classes, youth group, Bible studies, prayer groups, or similar activities we are acting out our role as prophets. Take this to heart and also be ready to listen to the others who are prophesying in their own right as baptized Catholics.
ACTIVITY – How to Be a Prophet
Do you know the Kerygma? Kerygma is a Greek word meaning “proclamation”. It refers to the basic Gospel message – also known as the Good News. Practice with your family telling each other the Good News of Jesus Christ. Here’s an example of what you might say:
“God created us out of love, for love. Adam and Eve sinned, turned away from God and listened to Satan. Because of this, all humans have a fallen nature and cannot love perfectly anymore. In the fullness of time, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to become man so that He could save us from our sins and open heaven for us. Jesus loves us so much that He died for us, to take our place receiving the punishment we deserve for our sinfulness. He rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven where He will judge us at the end of our lives. In order to go to heaven, we must accept Jesus’ gift of salvation and live according to God’s commandments: to love God above everyone and everything, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.”
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:16
How can you be a prophet every day?
by Beth Cowles, MACE
HOO™ Co-Founder and Director of Faith Formation | Lead Catechist
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