My Dear Sisters and Brothers! God has always kept sending us prophets, the men and women who while observing what happens around us can explain the way God sees it all. Prophets are not fortune tellers. Jesus said it in his own insightful way: ‘Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will take care of itself.’ That’s why prophets are present time tellers, but they don’t just describe what they see. They explain what they see from God’s point of view. When we were baptised we were anointed with the oil of Chrism which infused us with the Holy Spirit so that we could be kings but not like kings of this world but like Jesus Christ, King of the Universe who exercised his kingship by serving. When we were baptised we were anointed with the oil of Chrism which infused us with the Holy Spirit so that we could be priests who like Jesus, and with Jesus, offer ourselves, our daily cross, for God’s glory and salvation of all people. When we were baptised we were anointed with the oil of Chrism which infused us with the Holy Spirit so that we could be prophets who like Jesus can see in the world what God sees.
At this time of the Plenary Council and the preparation for the Synod of Bishops in 2023 we are called to speak up what God sees in our world. The little girl from St Kieran’s did it. In that photo she saw her little brother yet to be born. This is precisely what God saw in that photo too. If some Christians said that the photo was not showing a human person such Christians would have betrayed God who has graced them with the Holy Spirit. They would be false prophets whom Jesus warned us to beware of. Our Lord has also warned us that false prophets will come and that they will be many but then the true prophets will be like shining stars at night. Today I thank God for true prophets like Baruch, Jeremiah, Isaiah, John the Baptist and the prophets of our time who speak God’s words.
At this time of Advent I particularly entrust ourselves and our Church to St John the Baptist, whom Jesus described as the greatest of all prophets. His mother Elizabeth didn’t have an ultrasound but she was the first of many people who have benefited from John’s prophecy. Her baby son yet to be born made her aware that the young cousin Mary was carrying in her womb the Lamb of God, the Saviour of the World. When John grew up he began his prophet mission right at the time when Jesus was about to appear to the people. When Jesus finally began his public ministry it was John the Baptist who directed people to the Saviour of the World. We still hear the voice of the prophet from the Jordan when we have Mass. Like 2000 years ago, this time thought the priest celebrant, we hear John’s words when after the Lamb of God prayer the broken host is shown to us: ‘Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes the sins of the world.’ Have faith my Sisters and brothers to take Jesus to your heart and soul. Have courage my Sisters and Brothers to be prophets of God. Speak up what God sees in our world.