Jan. 21, 2022
Gosh! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our priests could say the same about us? I wonder often how it is that, during a sermon, the priest doesn’t throw something at the congregation. Have you ever noticed how little attention is actually paid to the sermon? Folks get a little restive in their seats, going through purses, rustling the bulletin, checking their clothes for lint … the list is endless. But we’d pay quite a bit of money to go to a venue to hear our favorite author speak.
But that’s exactly what the priest is doing in his sermon – he is speaking for the Author! He’s taken the readings and applied them to today’s time and place and made the Author’s intent much clearer and more personal.
There’s a good deal of work that goes into a sermon. They don’t just ‘jot down thoughts’ as they go through the day. They study, they prepare. They proof and reproof the sermon to get it just right – to make sure they have presented the information in its fulness and in such a way as to be accessible to everyone. That doesn’t happen with five minutes thought and ten minutes writing.
Too bad applause is frowned on in church. I’ve heard many a sermon that should have gotten standing ovations!