In the first reading from the Book of Deuteronomy this weekend we hear “A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you from among your own kin.” God has certainly been true to His word and we have had many prophets since the days of Moses leading up to, and including, Jesus Himself, the Word made flesh. In the Gospel of Mark He astonishes the people by His teaching and by His works, healing and casting out demons. This is one of the marks of the Kingdom of God that the Messiah was supposed to inaugurate. The people see it in Jesus Himself and wonder aloud, “is this the one we were waiting for?”
Do Jesus’ words and actions still move us today? When we hear the Gospel and realize that Jesus threw out demons and the works of evil, do we align ourselves with the Good News of the Gospel or does it just become another nice saying? The Gospel and the Kingdom of God should move us to action. Last week Pope Francis visited Chile and met with the indigenous people there. He brought hope and comfort to people who have been pushed out, ridiculed and oppressed. This is one of the marks of the Kingdom in our day. Do something this week to make the Kingdom alive and real in your life and in the lives of those around you. Then we will be prophets in our own day in fulfilment of God’s word in Deuteronomy.