It’s not rocket-science to know that 2+2 = 4, and neither is a prophet a wizard with magical ability to foretell future events.
A prophet is one who knows what two is and who can work out that if you put two twos together you have four. A prophet therefore is someone who can see the outcome of present words and actions. A prophet is one who can read the signs of the times.
There are people who may have the interior discernment and wisdom of the prophet, but they lack the courage to speak the truth, preferring the safety of silence even when they are called by God to speak.
In today’s gospel we hear that: “Jesus came to Nazareth and spoke to the people in the synagogue: ‘I tell you solemnly, no prophet is ever accepted in his own country.”
When the people heard Jesus speak suggesting that God would be working in unexpected ways among the most unlikely and unworthy people “everyone in the synagogue was enraged. They sprang to their feet and hustled him out of the town; and they took him up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw him down the cliff…”
It is significant to note Jesus reaction, the response of the mature prophet in the face of such rejection and antagonism: “he slipped through the crowd and walked away.”
- Prophets are not popular. In what ways do you know that your life of faith has made you unpopular with others?
- Are you aware of times when you remain silent when you know Jesus is nudging you to speak or act?
- How do you know when the best action is to stay and speak, and when the time is right to “slip through the crowd and walk away?
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