A prophet is a man who is enlightened by God to foretell events; an interpreter and supernaturally enlightened herald sent by God to communicate His Will and designs to Israel. Today, in our post-modern times, to become a renewed servant-leader means to be a PROPHET OF FAITH. The faith that we received from the Holy Mother Church, pure as the wax of the bees, is to be transmitted in its exact purity and precise authenticity. The Angelic Doctor said, “Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.” To tell the Faith: correctness, boldness and charity are necessary.
Correctness. Our faith must be free from error. The God Israel had forbidden all kinds of oracles for it is abominable before Him. Faith is a gift from God and God pass on the correct faith to people like the PROPHETS. They gave us what the Lord has commanded them to do, for us to do as well. Correct faith is essential in our worship to the Lord. Our faith must be in accordance with the truth, therefore a correct faith. For “without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Heb. 11:6) and, only CORRECT FAITH can be pleasing to the Lord. The Holy Mother Church who was and is the Prophet of All Times has the correct faith. Let us be in one accord with the Church that we may possess CORRECT FAITH.
Boldness. We must be fearless instruments of God especially in propagating the faith, for it is His joy and His joy is our strength (Neh. 8:10) As renewed servant-leader we must have the zeal of a prophet, the boldness that is not terrified by death and persecutions. In disseminating CORRECT FAITH, to be bold is a demand. We encounter lots of trouble for we inculcate “troubles” in their hearts by the truth that we proclaim — Jesus Christ our Lord. Like the Prophets of old, we must have the joy of proclaiming the Faith yet fervent. Joy, boldness and zeal should be present that the people we face can tell that this is not a lousy, poor and erroneous faith.
Charity. Charity begins at home. The parents are the first “formators” of Faith, from them we obtain the faith that was handed over from generation to generation. To announce the faith means to be charitable not empathetic. Our faith is not negotiable yet charity is not wanting. As renewed servant-leader, we must execute what the faith demands not in an empathetic manner but in a charitable way. Moreover, Saint Paul says that love is not delighted in evil but rejoices in truth. In addition, Our Blessed Lord told us that there is no prophet in his own home. Therefore, there will be divisions because we need to place weights on our faith not for our own but for the glory of God and that is charity for God. Our zeal for God’s glory must lead others to see that they too must put stress on the Faith that they lived in.
May Our Lady, the Queen of the Prophets help us to be true witnesses of Faith, a faith that is correct, bold and charitable.
Totus Tuus Maria!