The prophet+priest (part#2)

Prophet Amos as depicted by Gustave Dore

Prophet Amos as depicted by Gustave Dore

The role of the Prophet is to lead us into sacred space by deconstructing the old space; the role of the Priest is to teach us how to live fruitfully inside of sacred space. The Prophet disconnects us from the false, and the priest reconnects us to the real at ever larger and deeper levels. Unfortunately, most Ministers might talk of new realms but rarely lead us out of the old realm where we are still largely trapped and addicted. So not much genuinely new happens. - Fr. Richard Rohr

The prophet and the priest are the twin guides that manage the ongoing health of my internal and external spirituality. They remind me that sacredness hides in the fabric of all things, and that sacredness is constantly calling me into deeper levels of unitive consciousness. The ongoing cycle of construction, deconstruction and new construction is the rhythm of its divine agenda.

The Prophet confronts my old familiarity, not to denigrate or disparage my previous paradigm but to conjure up new possibility and suggest that life is evolving with or without me, so why not take the risk and let mystery lead me by the hand into the unknown. The innate bravery of the spirit of prophecy breathes on my staleness, activating a fresh taste of expectation and anticipation. It suggests wild and innovative alternatives that are not restrained by previous iterations of my orthodoxy or orthopraxy. Prophets do not dance to the beat of the institutional drum, but are happy to confide in a willing Priest who will help re-imagine those of us who are willing to break free of the hamster wheel of the predictable and mundane.

The Priest is the intermediary who curates the renovation of my current reality by exegeting the blueprints of the prophetic, in order to instigate a new architecture and aesthetic. Change can be a vicious intruder that comes when we least expect it suggesting a make over that sometimes insults our sensibilities. The Priest softens the blow by shaping a creative process that enables us all to adopt change in ever increasing measures. Priestly patience is the virtue of willing acceptance and open hearted resolve that helps us to willingly enter into the mystery of prophetic futurity.

I am part prophet and part priest a duality of distinction that enables me to successfully navigate the transformation that is shaping my becoming. Learning to listen and lean into their subtle queues is a life long challenge of observation and obedience.

The priest in me tentatively welcomes the necessity of the new, somehow persuaded by the benefits that its transformation has on offer. She/he is committed to a slow unfolding, aware that all good things come to those who have learn’t to wait…on God. The priest says be still on know I am God, and the prophet brings the enthusiasm and energy to enable such a posture. Together they settle your heart and strengthen your resolve in order that we might enjoy the journey we find ourselves on.

The priest in you loves the prophet in you…listen to both voices as they help wisdom and revelation do their divine bidding in your life.