True Prophets and False Prophets in the Church Today. By: Ivan Rodrigues – Contemporary Theologian.

Wednesday of the 10th Week in Ordinary Time
June 10, 2020

Today’s Readings:1 Kings 18:20-39
Ps 16:1b-2ab,4,5ab,8,11
Matthew 5:17-19
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USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
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Answer me, LORD!
Answer me, that this people may know that you, LORD, are God
and that you have brought them back to their senses.

Today’s first reading is the test of the fittest both in  the context of a Prophet and God. In the time of Elijah the competition was between the Yahweh the God of Israel  and Baal the God of the Pagans. Elijah risks his life trusting on the Lord for a natural sign of a fire, Elijah makes an Alter with twelve stones representing twelve tribes of Israel to remind the Lord of his promise ,” Your name shall be Israel”.  God of Israel was not a God of illusions and imaginations or a blind belief but a living God who accompanied the Israelite’s from Abraham , Moses with mighty  visible signs and wonders.

Do we have faith like Elijah in our days. St. Francis the Assisi had gone to preach Sultan who was attacking Europe and put the condition to his Priests to walk in the midst of burning fire , Sultan was impressed with St.Francis’s faith in which his own Priests failed to counter St. Francis. Faith surpasses the Natural Law because the Nature was created in the spoken Word of Faith. This kind of  gift of Faith is used to destroy the power of Evil and an act of deliverance. when we use  this gift to prove our faith to Pagans and it works  in a mighty manner. We must use this kind of faith in our day today life. Sometimes it does not work but it teaches us a right perspective where and when to use this gift of faith . When we are attentive to the promptings of the Holy-spirit we become Prophets of God. Prophets are not born in a day but during the Course of time , sometimes it becomes difficult to discern the promptings but if our faith is in the Lord , even false Prophesies spoken in faith for the good of people can come true.

The definition of false Prophets are  Wolves disguise in the form of a Sheep to plunder and kill the Sheep. These Prophets motives are not to spread love but to make money and live in  selfish and fleshly desires of their heart. The Pride, Greed,Lust, Laziness, Jealousy, Gluttony, Anger drives these people to gain advantage over the poor people in the pretext of love and evangelisation. We see many Priests and Religious taking advantage of their Priesthood  by molesting Children , Widows and making money to fulfill their unfulfilled desires of the World. These are false Prophets .

False Prophets preach the Word but do not live that Word in their lives. The word love completely  missing in their  life. The Pharisees and Scribes at Jesus time were Hypocrites and false Prophets , Jesus loved the Sinners but used strong words against these False Prophets. False teachers also False Prophets as their teachings does not consist the full truth. They manipulate the Word of God and teach people what they want to listen. There are some preachers who are recognized as International Preachers  to add an additional feather in their Preaching. All these preaching is Worldly and for self pacifying and not an act of Evangelisation .

Jesus preached same Word but with the real meaning and essence of that love. Jesus preached and became witness to the words he had spoken by loving and dying for the World. Jesus said in the Gospel :But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”  Jesus did not say those who teach the Commandments are greatest but obeys and teaches so if we want to be Prophets of God, let us obey the Commandments of love and once we obey the Word of God we will understand the real meaning of the Word and then testify to that Word in which we live like Mother Theresa and St. Fr.Assisi witnessed in their life. When we live the Word of God we need not learn how to preach or teach , our lived lives becomes a theological College and our challenges and  sacrifices become the Seminary of Priesthood, let us come in to this kind of Priesthood which is not framed in rules and regulations but through the lived life.

Prayer :

Lord Jesus make us good Prophets of God’s love on this Earth. Bring us in to true senses  of God’s love by living in our daily life and to teach  others through our lived life.Amen.

 

 

 

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