Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

“There was a prophetess, Anna,
the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.
She was advanced in years,
having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage,
and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.
She never left the temple,
but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.
And coming forward at that very time,
she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child
to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.”  Luke 2:36-38

I was wondering this morning what the definition of “prophet” is and I found this definition:

1. A person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed.

2. A person gifted with profound moral insight and exceptional powers of expression.
Anna, I believe, was the kind of prophet who pointed people in the right direction.  She was gifted with the insight to know that this child, Jesus, was destined to do great things.  So, keep an eye on him.
We often think that prophets are people who lived in the past.  They are written about in the Bible and other religious texts.  That they are long past.  But has God stopped sending us people to continue to guide and direct us in the right direction?  Has the Holy Spirit stopped speaking to us through prophets?
I think not.  God continues to send the Spirit upon each of us through our Baptism and Confirmation.  We are anointed with the Holy Chrism as the prophets of old.  Here is the prayer that is prayed as we are anointed:
God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ has freed you from sin, given you a new birth by water and the Holy Spirit, and welcomed you into his holy people.  He now anoints you with the chrism of salvation.  As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life. (taken from the Rite of Baptism for Children of the Roman Ritual)
So, each of us is gifted with the Holy Spirit.  May we be open to that Spirit speaking to us today.
I also believe that God chooses some to be called in a special way, to be prophets, to bring His message to our world today.  More on that tomorrow.
Photo taken from deaconjohn1987
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