Capsule for the Day
Nevi'im is the Hebrews word for prophet. It means a spokesperson. In biblical Hebrews, it means the spokesperson of God. It means one who is sent by God to speak or proclaim the Truth of God. Typical of Old Testament prophets, they were sent to speak of God in foreign lands. But in the case of Ezekiel, he was sent to his own people who knew him.
It is hard enough to speak of God to people who know nothing of you let alone to speak of Him to people who know every detail about your past. That is the weakness born of familiarity or of past failings. Many a time, this weakness holds us back from speaking of God at all. St. Paul had his own fair share, but chose to boast of his weaknesses.
Paul leaves us an example here. We are not to let our past be a hinderance to the prophetic ministry we received at Baptism. Like St. Paul, we are to say, "it is when I am weak, that I am strong". For grace abounds even more where sin or brokenness reign. That is the gem of our Christian faith. Let's not be afraid to speak of God, to be prophets.
Fr. Francis Afu