“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.”
Words from today’s gospel, according to Mark. (Mark 6:1-6)
Our role as Christians is, quite literally, to become like Christ.
This begins at our baptism.
The baptized have a high calling.
We are baptized and anointed kings: royalty; sons and daughters of the Risen King.
We are baptized and anointed priests: we unite our prayers, actions, and suffering with the saving action of God on the cross.
But, we must never forget we are baptized and anointed prophets too.
It is our job – through love – to preach the gospel, where it is welcome, and where it is not.
Each to our own degree, and with grace and prudence.
We’re surrounded with broken and lost people who need to hear a prophetic voice.
They’re right among us – in our schools, our workplace, social media, our very homes.
It’s not easy to say what needs to be said.
But it’s an essential work of Mercy.
We might be rejected in the same way Jesus was.
But Jesus never promised that his followers would be liked.
He only promised a cross.
This is a cross.
This is a burden.
A burden worth carrying, for the sake of salvation.