Written by Jerry Jensen
We are all baptized as priest, prophet, and king. Here are two articles about our prophetic role from Richard Rohr's friend John Dear: Signs of a Prophet and Offering Hope. Below is a summary.
- A prophet speaks God’s message fearlessly, publicly, without compromise, despite the times, whether fair or foul.
- The prophet does God’s will and speaks God’s message.
- The prophet is concerned with the world, here and now, in the daily events of the whole human race.
- A prophet takes sides.
- A prophet won’t shy away from telling us that if we want a spiritual life, we must work for justice and peace.
- Prophets announce God’s reign of justice and peace and publicly denounce the world’s regimes of injustice.
- A prophet confronts the status quo.
- The secure life is usually denied. More often than not the prophet is in trouble.
- The prophet confronts the blindness and complacency of the religious leader—the bishops and priests who keep silent amid national crimes.
- Prophets bear an aura of compassion and gentleness.
- Prophets are visionaries. In a culture of blindness, they offer insight.
- The prophet offers hope.