THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2020
A PROPHET LIKE BALAAM
December 16, 2019
Today’s reading: Numbers 24:2-17
As baptized Catholics, we share in the priestly, kingly and
prophetic ministry of our Lord Jesus. As MFC, we are “of
Christ,” and as such, we are disciples who serve him.
Crucial in today’s world that is steeped in great evil
and darkness, where the Judeo-Christian culture has been subverted
and overturned, is the work of prophets, who speak God’s
truth and challenges Christians to live the way of Christ.
is a prophet? He is “one who hears what God says, and
knows what the Most High knows, who sees what the Almighty
sees, in rapture and with eyes unveiled” (v.4). There
are three important elements in this definition of a prophet.
the prophet hears what God says. A prophet is one who is attentive
to God and His word. He has become sensitive to God’s
promptings as he is growing in holiness, as he immerses himself
in the scriptures, as he becomes totally obedient to the will
the prophet knows what God knows. These are about gifts of
wisdom and knowledge. A prophet is to have the mind of Christ.
It is not a wisdom of this age. It is not the spirit of
the world but the Spirit that is from God, enabling one to
understand the things of God. It is being granted knowledge
of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven.
the prophet sees what God sees. This is about vision. It is
seeing the condition of the world and people within it. It
is being aware of the great dangers to faith and the forces
working against the Kingdom of God. It is realizing that the
forces of good and of evil are locked in a vicious war and
that the ultimate prize are souls. The prophet is one “whose
eye is true” (v.3).
the prophet is not just attuned to the mind and heart of God,
but he needs to speak as God’s mouthpiece to others.
“Whatever the Lord says I must say.” (v.13b).
He speaks in the name of God and thus tells it as God directs
him. He holds nothing back, even at the risk of incurring
the wrath of others, just as Balak exploded “in a blaze
of anger at Balaam” (v.10a). He does not try to curry
human favor and certainly cannot be bought. “Even if
Balak gave me his house full of silver and gold, I could not
of my own accord do anything, good or evil, contrary to the
command of the Lord” (v.13a). He is not speaking for
himself, but only for God who sends him.
as MFC are called to be prophetic. We have been placed in
this world at this time in order to proclaim Christ without
fear or favor. To do this, we must grow in holiness so we
can hear what God says to us. We must grow in the wisdom and
knowledge that are given by God, as we pray, study the Bible,
and undergo formation. We must see what is happening all around
us with the eyes of God, which should spur us to greater zeal
for our work of evangelization and mission. We must speak
out boldly about Christ and his righteousness.
as we strive to live out our prophetic calling can we be truly
founded on the Rock that is Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:16.
 1 Corinthians 2:6.
 1 Corinthians 2:12.
 Matthew 13:11.