Thursday 4th Week of the Year
Before we use words to tell people about Jesus in a pulpit, we have to become that Word ourselves.
You will probably remember the story well, but it’s worth repeating.
There is a story of a priest who told a seminarian
that the day had come for him to learn the art of preaching.
So after they got up and said their prayers,
the lad had a pen and paper in hand.
He figured he would need to take some notes.
The priest said; let’s go for a walk and walk they did, all day.
On their walk, they met a beggar at the edge of town
and invited him to join them for breakfast.
During the meal, the man revealed how after an accident
that left him disabled, he lost his job and couldn’t find work.
The good father asked the man to join them on their on their walk.
They met a lot of people, some chatted for a few moments,
and others seemed to pour their hearts out.
They prayed God to help every one of them!
One person even asked the beggar if he wanted a job and he took it.
By the end of the day, the student was discouraged,
carrying his notepad and pen all day.
The priest sensed his growing frustration, and the lad asked,
“When are we ever going to talk about the art of preaching?”
And the wise priest answered him,
“My son, preaching isn’t about standing in a pulpit
and conveying nice words and ideas to a captive audience.
“It isn’t about learning techniques to convey those ideas.
“Preaching the Kingdom of God is what we have been doing all day.”
“Before we use words to tell people about Jesus in a pulpit,
we have to become that Word ourselves.
To preach with authority on Sunday,
we have to be with people all week
and love them and do all we can for them
in the moment of that sacred encounter.
Almighty God loves every one of those people we met today,
and please God; they will know it because we were there”.
If you want to preach God’s Kingdom in the pulpit effectively,
you have to know and love your people
and be the Lord Jesus to them in the street.
For the majority who never step into the pulpit,
the street is always there.