The workshop on “The Prophetic Dimension of Religious Life” facilitated by Br Henry enlightened some important roles of a prophet today. Through the class inputs, discussions, group work and videos watched we came to understand that as prophets we should:
*Criticize and energize
*Be innovative, corrective and provide witness to the community.
*Live with the attitudes, values and actions of Jesus, linking the old and the new covenant.
*Be in relationship with God and all Creation
*Bring the new community of God in which the rights of everyone, especially the most vulnerable, will be fully respected.
As religious, we are invited to enter into an alternative world that the vows point us to. Thus
...Challenging the male dominant understanding of sexuality through consecrated celibacy
...Challenge the self centeredness approach to material goods by evangelical poverty
...Challenge the unrestricted use of power by religious obedience.
Through this, we have come to understand and appreciate the evangelical vows.
The challenge that we as prophets have to accept and face is that, we should be ready to be rejected and persecuted by our own people for criticizing the status quo. This challenge can only be over come if we are in union and communion with the divine. (Constant awareness of the divine within and around us in all creation)
Being prophetic in relation to eco-justice is about responding to God’s will in all creation.In this age where the earth is crying for true prophets, we should see the direct link between nature and human beings. Unless we learn to understand the full meaning of the creation story as one which is still expanding, our response may NOT be EFFECTIVE. By embracing this view, it will help us to understand the image of God who is bigger and wider than we can grasp.
(Julias and Phelix)