4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 30, 2022
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19Ps 71:1-6, 15, 171 Corinthians 12:31 — 13:13Luke 4:21-30
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I dedicated you,
a prophet to the nations I appointed you.
The ministry of Prophecy is a free gift of Baptism. Every Baptized Christian carries the gift of Prophecy by default. When I was praying over in an anointing session , a person asked me to pray for the gift of Prophecy , I prayed for the ignorance of this person and asked for the gift of Wisdom to reveal him the treasure he is carrying by virtue of his Baptism, as soon as I prayed for him , he busted with the gift of tongues and started prophesying in tongues. It sounds very funny but it is true, every Baptized Christian, in fact every human being must Prophecy because he or she has been formed as a Prophet or Prophetess before they were born.
We human beings explore the Knowledge of the mind by inventions, education, technology, theology. psychology so on but we do not explore our knowledge of the Spirit , we must acknowledge that we have the Spirit of God or a Conscience which helps us to discern the will of God. No person on earth wants to choose Evil intentionally but want to be in peace , the external part of our being the mind and flesh pull us away from the Will of God and prompts us to do Evil or go against the Commandments of God. All the gifts and Fruits of the Spirit of God treasured in our Spirit. This treasure is there with every Human Being either a Baptized or Non Baptized person. The grace of Salvation or Baptism enhances or connects our Spirit through the love of Christ to the Trinity. When we anoint or pray over a person in the name of Jesus despite of his religion the grace of Salvation comes over him and the inbuilt gifts and fruits of the Spirit are released or manifested in Body and mind.
Prophecy is a inbuilt gift of God even a non Christian or sinful Christian possesses deep down in his spirit but can not experience due to false Worships or sinfulness , when the Spirit of God anoints this person , first thing the Evil Spirit tries to run away from him, this is the reason we see the Evil manifestation. When I prayed over a lady who had come to seek only Worldly miracles and not any Spiritual gifts or for Salvation of the soul, her eyes started turning from all direction and was not stopping for hours , I sent her home and asked her repent for her sins and false worships , I prayed for her in tongues and bound the Spirit in the name of Jesus whole night, next day she came for the seminar and I prayed over her again and this time she enjoyed an immense joy and happiness which she could control for days.
Prophecy builds the People in Unity and Peace. If a Prophecy does not build up but destroys the peace in the Community , it is called false Prophecy . False Prophets are like Wolfe’s in Sheep clothes, there is only one formula to identify these False Prophets and that is love. If a Preacher or a Ministry does have love and compassion in life then it is a clear sign that this Preacher or Ministry is not from the Spirit of God.
There are many Ministries in our time , some of the signs of these ministries are they always seek quantity or big nos , they do lots of publicity, they always highlight Worldly Miracles, they always condemn other Religions, they insult a group of people, they idolize a particular Preacher, they promote Converted People to testify the falsehood of other Religion and so on. The main aim of these ministries are their self growth and Prosperity in their Ministry Work, the preaching of the Word of God is only a driver to achieve these self goals in their life. These People will not lift a finger to help the poor or needy but will give big Speech of Blessings. We had many of these kind False Prophets who were Hypocrites in Jesus time and they are the one who were responsible to Kill Jesus on the Cross. False prophets are the Daemons of our time , they are fully possessed by the Daemonic power. We must pray for these ministries day and night so that they may not do harm to the poor and marginalized in Spirit who do not understand the Kingdom of God in their life.
The ultimate goal of Prophecy or a Prophet or a Preacher is to build love. Love is the finish product of Prophecy. Prophecy enhances or builds love and unity. If we do not have love and try to Preach then that preaching does not have any values of Christ because Christ is love and love can not be preached in empty words but in service and caring in action, and this requires sacrifice and commitment.