But we need prophetic voices, even if I don't care to listen to them. That is the nature of the prophetic voice. I am more of a comforter voice. I am liked by lots of people. I remind them that God loves them and forgives our messy lives. Oh, I encourage people to do better, but we are still loved no matter what. Maybe we can do better knowing we are loved. No fear of God here. No worry about having a bad judgment from the Divine Lover.
But the prophet is all challenge. That voice is a kick in the butt to those who might slip into a world of indifference and mediocrity, or lukewarmness, if they are not already there. I never like a kick in the butt. I have a running coach who gives a short or sometimes not so short homily on running before each workout. I enjoy listening to him when he coddles us and tells us we are doing OK and jus keep at it. But I will never get much better in my running. At times he challenges us, chides us. This is never popular with the group. But it might make us try harder and improve our performance.
The prophetic ordained priest will always be on the periphery of success. If they ever get beloved by many, draw huge crowds, then either they have lost their prophetic voice or the world has truly changed. We can be quick to point out the personal shortcomings of the prophet. It makes us feel better about ignoring the message. But we all have faults. I hope the Church is big enough for comforters life me and prophetic voices like Fr. Miljenko. It is all the same Spirit, no?