October 26

Reflection

Prophecy is nothing more than Christianity at its best.  We are called to live the Word, to say a prophets word, so that others may live better lives because of us. Otherwise, we use a standard that does not really describe the truly spiritual person in the Judeo-Christian tradition. It is little more than camouflage for spiritual comfort, for making a spa out of the religious life, for confusing a feel-good following of Jesus with the hard work of tending to the world. God did not finish creation.  God created us to do that. To abandon and discard the very people, ideals, creation, and commitment we are meant to care about, what kind of spirituality is that? Right.  Almost none.
Adapted from Joan Chittister, The Time is Now

Prayer

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

Action

Consider our national narrative about certain groups of people, about the crisis in the natural world, about the standards set for our national ideals and about your own commitment in that context. How does your own spirituality fare in that context. 

Suggested Reading

Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:4

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.
Isaiah 1:17

Being prophets may sometimes involve making ruido [Spanish for noise]. I do not know how to put it.  Prophecy makes noise, uproar, some say ‘a mess.’ But in reality, the charism of religious people is like yeast: prophecy announces the spirit of the Gospel.
Pope Francis

Here there is a challenge from Christ to the goodness of humankind. It is not enough to be good. It is not enough to not do evil. My Christianity is something more positive; it is not a negative. There are many who say, “But I don’t kill, I don’t steal, I don’t do anything bad to anyone.” That’s not enough. You are still lacking a great deal. It is not enough to be good.
Oscar Romero

You were created in Love for impact to leave your imprint on the world!
Catherine Toon

What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight. Scholars can interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present.
Aiden Wilson Tozer

The poor tell us who we are, the prophets tell us who we could be, so we hide the poor, and kill the prophets.
Philip Berrigan

Why?’ is the prophetic question.
Jim Wallis

The church must be reminded that it is not the master, or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

God has chosen us to help one another.
Smith Wigglesworth

 

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