We Don’t Lecture about Christ, We proclaim His Love and Crucifixion
Discussion/Devotional Thought of the Day
16 I have complete confidence in the gospel; it is God’s power to save all who believe, first the Jews and also the Gentiles. 17 For the gospel reveals how God puts people right with himself: it is through faith from beginning to end. As the scripture says, “The person who is put right with God through faith shall live.” Romans 1:16-17 (TEV)
I have been thinking of all the priests throughout the world. Help me to pray for the fruitfulness of their apostolates. ”My brother in the priesthood, please speak always about God and, when you really do belong to him, your conversations will never be monotonous.” (1)
Fifteen years ago this summer, I went from being a vacancy pastor at a church – to being the pastor at my first church. (and five years since I’ve been here..wow)
Those people were quite patient with my preaching – for back in those days, I thought a bit differently about preaching – and about worship. I probably knew more back then, and was excited to transmit the knowledge, the theology, all the great ways we can…and do… serve God. We would talk about Heaven, and the Book of Romans and the Book of Revelation. And I probably bored them all to tears. And, looking back at a couple of the video tapes I have from the days… well – I spoke in a monnnnn oooooo tonnnne. Our “motto” back then was Christ Centered Preaching – and I have to admit – while He was at the center – we spent most of our time preaching around Him.
Basically, I lectured people for 30-45 minutes about our faith.
Over the years, (at least I hope!) my preaching has matured – and gotten simpler – and become conversations that focus on the gospel – this incredible power of the word that reveals Christ’s love – so demonstrated on the cross. So demonstrated as He claimed our lives as His – as He bought the rights to our lives, our souls, from whatever evil we had give ourselves over too. And as St. Josemaria says – when you realize that you belong to Christ – no more does Satan, or sin or anxiety of death own and control you – you cannot be flat affect and monotone. We are right with God! We have been made right – God has put us to right. He has rescued us from drowning, He has given us…life – life lived with Him, in His glory, in His presence, purified, cleansed, His.
May we never, whether pastor/priest in front of the congregation, fathers teaching our children in our homes, or with friends over a meal together, not talk about our Lord’s love for us, and why we trust in Him, and the hope, the expectation we have… because we know His love.
(1) Escriva, Josemaria (2011-01-31). The Forge (Kindle Locations 3402-3405). Scepter Publishers. Kindle Edition.