Thoughts for your consideration
Jesus is described as one who teaches and speaks “with authority.”
Jesus is one who can even command evil spirits to depart.
Jesus comes with a clear vision and the courage to speak clearly and boldly.
When Jesus is around things happen.
Such characteristics are essential for any contemporary prophet who will speak to the world a message of justice and peace. Such characteristics are essential if we are to apply effectively the social teaching of the church to our contemporary world. God is calling us to get things to happen.
The clarity of our vision and how it applies to the world develops out of a real understanding of the situation of the world and its people. Our church must be connected with the lives of real people, especially those who are struggling or in need or economically poor. We must come to know one another and learn from our diversity. Otherwise, we cannot be prophetic and speak with authority.
The power of our preaching must come out of a deep faith in a God who calls us to work for justice, to ask questions and to speak up. Without the faith that calls us to ask questions, we cannot be prophetic and speak with authority.
In a certain sense, the power of our preaching and actions can perform an “exorcism” on the world, driving out the evil spirits of injustice, poverty, violence, and selfishness and inviting in the good spirits of justice, peace, community and economic well-being for all.