The “Call to be a Prophet” Topic looks at the importance of being prophetic in our modern world, in ways both big and small, and places both near and far. It covers how being formed in Christian faith enables us to share God’s peace and love.
Young Adult Shannon Preston recounts a story of visiting the United Nations assembly and meeting people fighting for big, important causes, and how their work and humility inspired her to work for change and speak God’s word in her own backyard. She finds it important to speak out against systemic injustice and hatred, but also to find her own voice in situations where “love has grown cold”. She reflects on the scripture and illumination “Last Judgment” (Matthew 24:9-14), finding in it the face of Christ pushing back against darkness.
Mary Forman, OSB, Professor of Theology at Saint John’s School of Theology·Seminary, considers the history of prophecy in Christian scriptures and history. She reflects on the Hebrew word, “hineni”, which translates as “I am with you”. Through reflecting on this idea in scripture and her own experiences, Sr. Mary explains that our call to be prophets in the world is founded on our trust in God’s presence with us.