Psalm 2:6-11; John 14:1-6
Saint Joseph the Worker
We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you that what God promised our fathers he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children. (Acts 13:32-33)
What do you think about prophecy? Today’s Mass readings are like two lamps that illuminate this enigmatic gift. We find the first lamp in Acts, as Paul preaches the gospel to the Jews in Pisidian Antioch. Drawing from traditional messianic prophecies in the Hebrew Scripture, he points to Jesus as their fulfillment. His sermon even includes a verse from today’s psalm prophesying about the divine sonship of Christ. In the light of this first lamp, we discover that prophecy reveals Jesus and points people to him! Other Scripture passages confirm this point, that “witness to Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10).
Now, look at today’s Gospel reading. Jesus told his disciples that he would go away but would come back for them and welcome them into his Father’s house. By the light of this second lamp, we can see that prophecy is meant to encourage people. Even if their delivery sometimes seems harsh, these prophecies are intended to help God’s people down the right path. Essentially, prophecy in the Scriptures is nothing more than giving a message from God.
In this sense, we’re all meant to prophesy: to give people a message that will help them draw closer to the Lord and to encourage them along their path to him.
Could God give you a special, uplifting word that strikes someone’s heart? Absolutely! Especially as you go through your day keeping one ear tuned to his voice. Even if you don’t receive a specific message, you still have something to say. You have the story of the dramatic twists and turns that your life has taken and the ways God has revealed himself to you.
Today, come to Jesus with an open heart and mind. Pay attention to the thoughts that come to you in prayer—about your family, a friend, or a neighbor. Does he have a message about his grace that he wants you to share?
“Here I am, Lord! Give me the heart of a prophet!”~WAU