August 29

Reflection

People in our midst who inform us of the future implications of our present actions are our modern day prophets. Even in the darkest moments of existence they offer a spark of hope based in the possibility of change. Like the Old Testament prophets their message is unsettling and challenges our routine comfortable lives. We don’t want to hear the implications of our present behavior and it’s easy to join those who negate the message. We should remember that the prophets had the ability to speak the harsh truth in specific situations. People of faith were expected to recognize those insightful persons, listen to them and then carry out their message. What about now?  What about us?

Prayer

Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.
Psalm 25:5 

Action

Who are our modern day prophets?  Where do we find them and what are they telling us? Think of reactions to those who speak of our current behaviors and their effects on the future: climate change, racial divisions, political issues, consumerism, religious prejudices, etc. How do you react?

Suggested Reading

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.”
Matthew 23:37

Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted.
Acts 7:52.

To the prophet God’s love was not some kind of nebulous theory. It was clear cut and direct. The only way to live one’s love of God is love of one’s neighbor this love is made manifest by practicing justice, by liberating the oppressed and by caring for the poor and needy.
William Roberts

When the words of prophets seem repetitive, that should rivet our attention.
Henry B. Eyring

Every prophet is a reformer. Woe to the prophetless culture, for it has no one to tell it when it’s headed to destruction, and guide it back to safety.
Wallace Henley

The best prophets lead you up to the curtain and let you peer through for yourself.
Frank Herbert

We can always be sure of one thing–that the messengers of discomfort and sacrifice will be stoned and pelted by those who wish to preserve at all costs their own contentment.
Christopher Hitchens

Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
Matthew 7:16

It is the seekers … who make the prophet.
Robert K. Greenleaf

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