Being a Prophet
In the first reading today the Lord says to Ezekiel: “You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them.” Ezekiel the prophet and all prophets were called to speak God’s message to the people. When the people were straying from God’s way, the prophet was to warn them. In the Gospel Jesus extends that duty to his followers when he says: “If a brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.” Hopefully the warning of a friend will help them change their ways.
Godparents actually have a responsibility much like Ezekiel’s call to be a watchman. The godparents are to watch and observe the parents, being sure that their faith life is being lived, for their practice of the faith affects their godchild.
Godparents are only one example of how we are called to challenge others to live better lives. Such challenges must always be done in love and with great kindness, but we cannot and should not turn a blind eye to the sins of others.
We are called as disciples to be prophets, to speak for God. That means to tell others they are loved by God, to challenge others to live their faith and to try our best to live holy lives ourselves. In the Book of Numbers Moses said: “Would that all the people of the Lord were prophets” (11:29). Would that all the people of the Church were speaking for God. Peace.