To be prophet

4th Sunday, cycle B

In the gospel, Jesus spoke with authority.  How did he get to be this way? And how can we develop our credibility as Christians?

In the first reading, Moses referred to another prophet who was to come.   Though we know that the prophecy was pointing to Jesus, we may also continue questioning our role as Christians anointed when we were baptized and confirmed and anointed with oil.  We may proclaim ourselves as Christians if we dare to be prophets in the modern times.

A prophet is human just like anybody else.  What makes him a prophet is his dedication to love and serve God.   If we are not dedicated to the Lord, I'm sure we are dedicated to his opposite.  Let us commit finally to the Lord.

A prophet is usually reluctant take the center stage.  It is always God who gives him the authority of a prophet.  Who is at the center of our lives?  If it is not God, then who is in there?

Finally, a prophet speaks not the language of the world but of God.  He is not afraid to tell the truth.  If we are afraid to side with the truth we are not with God.

Thus, a prophet can be anyone of us or all of us.  We just need to make things clear of the following:  all we want is to serve Jesus; we don't want to take center stage unless God wants us to be there; and we speak the truths of God.  Anything opposite to these, we don't want.  Simply put, we should all be prophets!