7th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
Let us bless the living Christ:
He was born of the Virgin Mary
Revealed in his glory
Worshipped by angels
Proclaimed among the nations
Believed in throughout the world
Exalted to the highest heavens.
Blessed be God, our strength and our salvation
Now and for ever. Amen.
Being a Prophet
based on Mark 6:14-29; Amos 7:7-15
by Rev. Karen A. Goltz
does it mean to be a prophet? What does it mean to prophesy? What does it mean
for a prophecy to be fulfilled?
John the Baptist is generally understood to be
a prophet. I know he didn’t call himself a prophet, but most people agree that
that’s pretty much what he was.
And what did he do, that makes his identity as
a prophet so clear? Well, he was the forerunner of Christ. His first quoted
words in Mark’s gospel are, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after
me.” (Mark 1:7) He proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of
sins. (Mark 1:4) In Matthew’s gospel he’s telling off the religious leaders who
came to be baptized, basically telling them to change their ways or else they’ll
seriously regret it. (Matthew 3:7-10) He’s doing all this even as Jesus himself
arrives for his own baptism. And not only did John condemn the religious
leaders for their actions, today’s gospel lesson tells us he also condemned a
king for his actions.
So John was a guy who got right in people’s
faces, getting into their private business and publicly rejecting the things
that were common practices in his day, because they were against the will of
God. And how did John know what was and was not the will of God? What gave him
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