FACE REJECTION WITH PROPHETIC COURAGE AND OPTIMISM

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Today’s readings introduce Jesus as a prophet and explain how prophets and other messengers from God inevitably suffer rejection. Today’s Scriptures challenge us to face rejection with prophetic courage and optimism.
Very often our friends, families, or childhood companions fail to listen to us and refuse to accept the words of grace, love and encouragement that we offer to them because they are too familiar with us. Hence, they are unable to see us as God’s appointed instruments, the agents of God’s healing and saving grace. But we have to face such rejection with prophetic courage because by our Baptism we are called to be prophets like Jesus, sharing his prophetic mission. As prophets, our task is to speak the truth and oppose the evils in our society without condoning or encouraging sinful behavior even in our dear ones.
Let us also acknowledge, appreciate and encourage the prophets of our time who stand for truth and justice in our society with the wisdom of God in their heads, the power of the Holy Spirit in their words and the courage and love of Jesus in their actions.

Excerpted from the homily of Fr Tony Kadavil available at http://frtonyshomilies.com