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Dear Friends: The following article is from the Ogdensburg Ministerial Association. We hope you find it uplifting and informative. Today’s article is titled, “Speaking on God’s Behalf.”

By SR. MARY THERESA LABRAKE, GNSH

Pastoral Associate

St. Mary’s Cathedral

Jeremiah, the hesitant young prophet in the Old Testament, met hostility in his work as a prophet. However, the Lord God spoke to Jeremiah and encouraged him in his mission with these words:“But do you gird your loins; stand up and tell them all that I command you. Be not crushed on their account, as though I would leave you crushed before them ….. for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord” (Jeremiah 1: 17-19).God had hand-picked Jeremiah and would not allow the opposition to get the upper hand. God supports prophets.

Our Lord, Jesus, was also a prophet. Neither was he accepted in His own town when He spoke of the mission God had given Him. Yet the mission of all the prophets of the Old Testament was summed up in Him. The men and women of Nazareth who could not believe in Jesus were very much like ourselves. They, too, did not like the demands inherent in the message that Jesus was preaching. Like us, they desired an “easier” way. But there is no easier way.

Every Christian is called to be a prophet, called to show by how we live, speak, and act what God has done in Jesus. Our mission of prophecy consists, not primarily in teaching, but in living a life truly founded on love, the Spirit’s greatest gift.

How do we know that we have had the call?“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,” Jesus said in the synagogue. That same Spirit is upon each of us. We received it in Baptism. That is how each one of us knows that we are people who speak on God’s behalf.

All the world is like an unbelieving Nazareth, for very few of us are ready to listen to Jesus. Even fewer of us are willing to speak Jesus’s words to an indifferent world. We pray for that world and for ourselves by praying:

“Father, You have made faith possible for us. We beg you for the grace to be the bearers of that same faith to the world. We ask this through Him who came to bring Your message of light into a darkened world. Amen.”

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