How Can the Baptized People Live a Prophetic Life?
Prophets come in to the scene when there is exploitation, oppression and misuse of power. The main work of the prophet is to speak the truth to the power that abuses. He speaks on behalf of God or God’s spokesperson on behalf of the voiceless suffering people. Those who cannot really speak.
Like the prophets, God the Father was with them. Like the first apostles, the Holy Spirit was with them in their journeys. So, we have to have the God with us in doing our individual missions for the kingdom of Christ. A Church or a mission does not exist without the out-pouring of the Holy Spirit.
Christ is the greatest of all prophets because it is in him that everything in the Old Testament was fulfilled. He is the voice of the oppressed and relieved the suffering of many. Saint Paul urges us to become imitators of Christ (1 Cor 11:1, 1 Cor 4:16, Eph 5:1). As Christ saved us from slavery of sin and death, we have to be Christ for others especially the voiceless. We have to redeem others from physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual slavery. We need to be prophets in our days to those who are lonely, persecuted, and all those suffering caused by nature and those caused by the greed of some people.
In our own ways we can help and at the same time proclaim the Gospel to others. If we can only offer a little, then give a little, but if much is given then also much is expected from us. Where do we draw the line when talking about the right amount to spend for a cause is between us and God. We have to pray so we become more prudent with our decisions. God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9:7). God loves those who joyfully give some of their time, effort, skills, and money to others especially to the oppressed. By our love and service, we shall know that we are Christians.
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”John 13:3
Let us serve Christ and the Church in all circumstances!