Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B

Again it is prophecy that is our theme (see last week). Here, we concentrate on the sending of prophets, the entrusting of the mission to them, and most importantly the neces­sary qualifications to be a prophet. The only qualification necessary is an open ear, to hear the mandate from God. We see this in Amos, the simple shepherd, and in the Twelve, called by Jesus from their humble occupations, which no one would have thought qualified them to speak on ‘religious’ themes.  As last week, the possibility of rejection and failure is quite explicitly treated  – Jesus instructs the Apostles in what to do if they are ignored. When the Gospel simply states, “So they set off to preach repentance…” we can imagine all that was in their minds and hearts as they did so. They had heard the call of Jesus, and allowed it into their hearts: this was all they needed to go out and speak his words.

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