The Courage to Be Prophets

A number of Catholic and Protestant churches in the Twin Cities area cooperate in facilitating Celebrating Summer Sundays!, ecumenical worship services every Sunday morning in the summer. The services are held at the Lake Harriet bandshell and each of the participating churches takes responsibility for one week during the summer.

Yesterday, Christ the King and St. Thomas Apostle parishes (which work in cooperation on many things, including grade school) had charge of the celebration. Bill Nolan, pastoral associate at St. Thomas Apostle (with whom I co-presented the reflection series on Jesus’ Post-Resurrection appearances earlier this year) presided at the service and I gave the homily.

The focus of my remarks was a subject I’ve talked about before: our universal call to be prophets. While my post yesterday morning addressed the question of our recognizing the prophets among us, in my homily I focused on why being a prophet is challenging and what help our readings give us in understanding what gives us the strength to met those challenges.

You can access a recording of my homily here or stream it from the icon below. (The homily was a little over eight minutes in length.) The readings for yesterday’s service to which I refer in my homily were: Ezekiel 2:2-5, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, and Mark 6:1-6.