Pope Francis writes, “It is the same old thing,” he observed, noting that “they … write the Lord off, write off the prophet in order to take away his authority.”
Highlighting how the prophets “are all persecuted or misunderstood,” the Pope went on to describe how history repeats itself in the Church, from the moment of Jesus’ crucifixion until today.
Reflecting on how numerous saints have suffered persecution because they were prophets, the Roman Pontiff noted that “many thinkers in the Church were persecuted as well,” and recalled the story of a man “now, at this moment, not so far from us.”
“A man of good will, a prophet indeed, who, in his writings reproached the Church for having lost the way of the Lord,” the Pope explained, recounting that this man “was summoned in short order, his books were placed on the index, they took away his teaching positions – and thus, this man’s life ended – and it was not so long ago.”
Now that time has passed the man is a blessed, the pontiff continued, asking “How is it, though, that he, who yesterday was a heretic, is today a blessed of the Church?”
“It is because yesterday, those who had power wanted to silence him because they did not like what he was saying. Today the Church, who, thanks be to God, knows repentance, says, ‘No, this man is good!’ Moreover, he is on the way to sainthood: He is a blessed.”
Dorothy Day once said don’ canonize me. If you canonize me you will make me into a plastic statue. You will put on your dresser and them forget what I said. Jesus said, ” Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you build the build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, saying ‘if we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in the shedding the blood of the prophets.’ Thus you witnesses against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.” (Mat 23: 29-31)
Holy Spirit thank you for giving us prophets. A recent pope said, ” We need a church with a prophetic heart.” The prophets in the church today are proclaiming the status quo is not working.