Traditional Prophets and False Prophets

Many catholics say that there are no problems in the church except the sex scandals and that the church is not progressing along with modern culture.  I think it is important to look at the false prophets from the Old Testament to make us careful in reading the signs of the time.  Paul_1

“And my hand shall be upon the prophets that see vain things, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the council of my people, nor shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter in to the land of Israel, and you shall know that I am the Lord God.  Because they have deceived my people, saying ” Peace, and there is no peace: and the people built up a wall, and they daubed it with dirt without straw.” Ezechiel 13: 9-10.

The false prophets proclaimed what the kings wanted to hear and to stay popular and go on making money.  While things were getting worse and worse, they would say a time of peace was coming.  And then came the destruction of Jerusalem and slaughter of the people and the exile of those who survived.  It was not peace and well being. Peter in Chains

The true prophets like Isaias, Jeremias, Baruch, Ezechiel, Hosea, Zacharias, were greatly persecuted for being true prophets.  They were very unpopular with the authority of their times.  When you read how much they suffer, it is scary.  No wonder we are afraid to be prophets today.  caravaggio_flagellationofchrist.thisone

Jesus constantly talks about the blood of the true prophets being shed like when He talks about the vineyard that God prepares and leases out.  When God’s prophets are sent to receive the fruits of the vine, they are stoned, beaten and killed.  Jesus in His passion says the same will happen to the Son of the King who owns the vineyard.

In Love, we need to keep on proclaiming the sins we have done as a church and repent of these sins.  Again the road to healing is; repent, resist evil, renew and restore the Mystical Body of Christ.  It is difficult to be a prophet, but it is wonderful to be part of the traditional catholic church.