14th sunday in ordinary time

In todays Gospel, Jesus speaks to His own town’s people, but they lack faith to listen to Him seriously.  They find Him too much for them, causing Jesus to say: “no prophet is without honor except
in his own house.”

Who are the prophets today? It is still the Lord Jesus Himself, the word Incarnate through His presence in the readings of Scripture.  He still speaks to us through the good news of the Gospel.  Through His presence in the sacraments He still touches us with His power and healing.

Jesus also speaks to us through such people as Bishop Desmond TuTu and Saint Teresa of Calcutta who speak to us about racism and care of the poor. He uses Charismatic people to inspire us to do noble deeds, even heroic deeds at times.

We should not be surprised at the people God picks to be His prophets.  Some of them we will like, others we will dislike. The important thing is to be sensitive to the message the Lord speaks through them about injustice and oppression, or about poverty and hunger.

We need to think about how we are responding to God’s prophets in our world. Sometimes we are stubborn of heart.  God sends prophets to us to speak about matters of supreme importance and we are too immersed in superfluous matters.  Prophets come asking ultimate questions about life and death, but we are too hung up on trivial questions.

No wonder there is so little peace, justice and happiness in our society. We shut our ears to what God is saying to us through His prophets.  No wonder Jesus can work no miracles through us. We find Him and His prophets too much for us. We lack faith.  May Jesus open our hearts to hear what His prophets are saying to us — sometimes to provoke and rebuke us, at other times to inspire and encourage us.  May He also increase our faith so that we can respond to His prophetic message and allow Him to work His miracles through us.

God Bless

Msgr. Powell