...is so we may be prophets like Jesus.
Prophets proclaim the truth revealed by God. The prophets of the Old
Testament called the people to look forward to the coming of the
messiah, Jesus' words and actions showed the people that God had come to
them to open heaven and forgive their sins, and from that time to today
the baptized have been tasked with calling the
people to look back at the divinity of Jesus, to look forward to his
coming again in glory, and to look to find him today in our hearts and
the world around us.
St. Francis famously said “preach the
Gospel always and, if necessary, use words”. This is the prophetic role
of the baptized. The way we live and the words we say ought to give
the world evidence of our faith, hope, and love. We don't need to be
perfect—sinners don't become saints overnight—but we should be on the
road. We should live in a way that demonstrates our faith in a loving
God unseen, our hope in things beyond this world, and our love for
ourselves and all people around us.
Let's pray for the strength and the wisdom to show the world who Jesus is and that he is alive!
That Jesus calls the baptized to proclaim him to the world is yet another reason Catholics baptize.