In the Rite of Baptism there is a prayer prayed over the newly baptized which is accompanied by anointing with the Oil of Chrism. This prayer tells the newly baptized that the nature of their baptism is that they now share in the threefold ministry of Christ, and all Christians, as priest, prophet and king. Thus we are specifically told at our Baptism that we are to live a prophetic life – a life that stands out from the world because of Christian beliefs. I wonder how well we are doing this today?

It is not easy to stand out from the crowd and profess a different belief or creed in the easiest of circumstances let alone when it has to do with our life vocation! The challenge to be a prophet in today’s world will demand that we be willing to endure the mocking voices of a world that refuses to understand and is more concerned with personal pleasure than with the truth. Today’s society suffers from an unwillingness to submit itself to the truth and act accordingly. There seems to be a higher or more expedient priority than the truth – namely personal freedom. A common cry is, “Why should I submit my life to an archaic set of beliefs that are determined by a bunch of old men in the Vatican?”

This is the wrong question to ask! The right question we all should be asking is, “Are these moral truths that are taught by the Church reasonable?” If they are not, that is they can be shown to be false, then we are free to act accordingly. However, no one has demonstrated that they are false! The very best the world manages is that they are too hard to follow! At the worst people just cannot be bothered to search out the truth.

This is a deplorable state of affairs and makes the need for Christians to live as prophets today all the greater! No one ever said life was meant to be easy. In fact, common sense will tell us that there are always going to be struggles in life. If we struggle for the truth it will all be worthwhile in the end. If we live our lives in some sort of futile search for personal freedom that fails to take into account our personal and human dignity then we are in for a miserable and very frustrating existence.

Am I aware that I am called to be a prophet in the way that I live my Christian faith? Perhaps it would be a good idea to look at the prayers of the Rite of Baptism to see what they tell me about how I should live.

Father in Heaven, you have created me for a purpose and you have and will continue to givce me every gift and grace that I need to live a fully satisfying Christian life. Thank you for this and help me to be faithful to your call.