Christ is the prophet, being the Lord of the prophets at the same time.
8 July 2012
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
Mk. 6: 1-6: Homily of Saint Augustine (In Io. ev. 24, 7)
«The Lord said about himself: There is no prophet without honor except in his own country. (Mk. 6: 4; Jn. 4: 44). The Lord is the prophet, and the Lord is the Word of God, and no prophet can prophesy without the Word of God, since the very Word of God is with the prophets, and the Word of God is the prophet. Men of early days deserved prophets inspired and filled with the Word of God; we have deserved the very Word of God as the Prophet. But just as Christ is the prophet, being the Lord of the prophets at the same time, Christ is the angel, and the Lord of the angels, since He has been called the Angel of the great council (cf. Is. 9: 5, sec. LXX).
Nevertheless, what does a prophet say in another place? He who saves them will neither be a legacy nor an angel, but He himself will the One who ought to come (cf. Is. 35: 4); that is to say, that in order to save them, He will not send an inheritance nor an angel, but He himself will come. Who will come? The Angel himself. In fact, not through an angel, but because He is an angel, who at the same time is the Lord of the Angels. Certainly, in Latin, the term “angels” means messengers. If Christ did not bring any message, we could not call Him an angel; if Christ would not prophesy, we would not call Him a prophet. He has exhorted us to faith, and to attain eternal life: He proclaimed something of the present and predicted something of the future: by proclaiming something of the present, He was the Angel; by predicting something of the present, He was the Prophet. He is the Lord of the angels and of the prophets, because He is the Word of God made flesh. »