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As we think about the vocation of a prophet from the Old Testament, we cannot help but realize the parallel to missionaries and preachers in our world today. And especially for our parish, we have our parish missionaries who will be arriving in just under a month for their year of service to the Gospel. As we heard in the readings, especially from Saint Paul, this life is not easy, but is rewarding: “My grace is sufficient for you.”
The way we treat our family is not the same way we treat our friends, nor strangers. We drop our guards, drop formalities, etc. The resentment of Jesus neighbors in Nazareth (“Where did this man get all of this?”) is something that we can all relate to. With a good guess at what Jesus had to teach, especially about conversion and His own mission as the messiah, we can easily imagine the lack of receptivity from those who grew up with Jesus and had no idea that anything special was happening.
God works in ordinary ways.
Gratia natura supponit.
God speaks to all of us, but we have to want to listen.
5. Our Shepherds (Pope, Bishop, etc.)
6. The Body of Christ
7. Promptings of the Holy Spirit