What do you think of when you hear the word prophet?
Is it someone who predicts the future … like Nostradomus?
In the Catholic Church, prophets don’t predict the future; they proclaim messages from God.
Like those from the Old Testament: Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Moses, to name just a few.
Until the ultimate prophet came along, Jesus Christ.
We learn from the prophets what we need to do to get to heaven. And we must avoid following false prophets.
But there’s a catch.
At our Baptism, we were all anointed with sacred chrism oil with these words:
“As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life.”
We too are all called to be prophets.
This is one area that tends to be overlooked and yet it’s an important calling for us.
It’s not just “famous” people who are prophets. It’s not just big, overt actions that are prophecy. Prophecy is made up of the little actions too … that may only impact a single person.
This week’s issue of Genuflect focuses on the role of prophecy and our salvation: the prophets of the Old Testament, why we should listen to prophets, some modern prophets, how to recognize false prophets, how to be a prophet, and how to recognize signs that God is talking to you.
Hopefully the next time you hear the word prophet, you’ll think of yourself!
Stay safe … you’re all in my prayers.
Founding Editor, Genuflect
Old Testament Prophets
Prophets in the Old Testament had one thing in common, they risked their lives to share messages from God with others. But as Sr. Karen Berry explains, their personalities, categories, characteristics, and callings varied.
Prophets of Israel: Categories, Calling, Characteristics | Today’s Catholic Teacher
12 Minor Prophets
The Bible contains 12 books of “minor” prophets that span more than 500 years. They’re called minor only because of the length of the books … not their importance. Here’s a rundown of them, including the most important features of each.
The Books of The Twelve Minor Prophets | Catholic Answers
Many think of a prophet as one who predicts the future. But that’s not what Scripture considered a prophet. And why don’t we hear about prophets outside of the Bible? Here’s a brief history of the use of the term in the Bible and beyond.
Who Were The Prophets? | U.S. Catholic
Msgr. Charles Pope answers the question, is John the Baptist the last prophet? And does that mean there are no prophets today? The answer is yes and no on both accounts. Here’s why.
Modern Prophets | Our Sunday Visitor
We’re All Priest, Prophet, And King
In our Baptism, we are called to be priest, prophet, and king. And not necessarily in the way you think of those three terms. Even as laity, our holiness depends on our acts in the common priesthood and the prophetic and kingly offices. So you’ll want to make sure you understand what these are. This article explains it from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Priest, Prophet, And King — Who, Me? | Catholic Digest
3 Steps to Become a Prophet
We are all called to be prophets in our Baptism. Fortunately, Scripture provides the lesson. Here are the 3 steps to become a prophet according to the book of Jonah.
The Book of Jonah: A Lesson in How to Become a Prophet | Catholic Stand
Slapped by a Prophet
Our culture makes sin more and more acceptable. So it’s easy to not recognize it in our own behavior. Pope Francis suggests we pray for God to send us a prophet who will ‘slap’ some sense into us from time to time. Yes, he really did say ‘slap.’
Don’t be Fooled
Jesus warns us to beware of false prophets (Matthew 7, 15-26) but do you know who the first false prophet was? Dr. Paul Lavin explains it was the devil who tricked Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. And in Dr. Levin’s explanation, it becomes clear just how easy it is to be fooled. And that especially today, more and more of us are being fooled. Don’t be fooled.
False Prophets | Catholicism
Signs From God
In order to be a prophet, you first have to hear God’s messages. But are you open to His messages? Do you recognize when He’s trying to get your attention? Here are 8 signs God is trying to talk to you to be on the lookout for.
8 Signs God is Trying to Get Your Attention | BeliefNet
Sometimes we hear God’s message, but are afraid to act upon it. That’s what happened to Nicholas Hardesty one day. He shares his experience with overcoming that fear when he decided to seize the moment. It’s a call to action for all of us.
Seize The Moment: Going For it, Like a Prophet Would | The Catholic Telegraph
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