Prophetic Witnessing to Christ’s Authority

Post date: Jan 26, 2018 3:05:48 PM

28 January 2018 ( 4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME )

[Deuteronomy 18:15-20] [1 Corinthians 7:32-35] [Mark 1:21-28]

It was the wish of the Israelites that God should raise up a prophet from among their own kinsmen as foretold by Moses in today’s First Reading from the book of Deuteronomy. Throughout the course of salvation history, the oracles of the prophets foretold of a new lawgiver who preached about the law of love on the Mount in the New Testament, he too is the one who leads his people on a new exodus into the Kingdom of God liberating them from the clutches of sin and death. Jesus taught with authority because he is the living Word of God. We are all witnesses to this living Word. We have no authority of our own; we simply proclaim his Word. Each member of the Church, by virtue has a prophetic role by virtue of their baptism and confirmation. The prophets of old were strident opponents of the status quo and spoke out against many injustices. May our words, gestures and lives give prophetic witness to Christ’s authority today.