Preaching is an invitation to continue the Mission of Jesus by
calling people to a community of faith and love through conversion.
We are asked to treat one another as brothers and sisters and become
one. The truth we speak as preachers would bring people into unity.
Preachers of the Gospel will have a great love and devotion for
preaching the Word of God without reservation. Jesus is our model
for this. This can be done in a variety of ways, through the media,
pulpit preaching, and in gatherings of people who share their faith,
hope and love.
Preaching must be
in a solid spiritual foundation in order to influence the lives of
message of the preacher must spring from true holiness of
life. Preaching also helps the preacher grow in holiness and reveal
the face of God to our world. We ask “Where does the gift of
preaching come from?” It is more than a gift of eloquence. The
preached word must come from reflection on the Scripture rooted in a
life of spiritual energy and grace. Preachers must continue to
develop their own spiritual lives and allow God’s grace to shine
through their words and actions.
Preaching was a
special ministry of Jesus. He preached in many places and allowed
transcendence to shine though him. The God of Jesus is a God
of love. The same must be true of the life of the preacher. Jesus
offered a vision for life that he lived and shared with his
followers. His life reflected the words that he spoke.
the preacher to proclaim, interpret and illustrate the Word of God.
The Word is
relevant when it is the bearer of the power of God and leads
people to belief. Preaching is the art of using words that are
graced with the power of God.
should reflect the joy of celebrating the Lord’s presence in their
midst and foster
hope and unity. The people leaving the church after a liturgy will
reflect what they have achieved and the motivation to live the
Gospel that they have heard proclaimed.
The homily can be enhanced through
appropriate stories and images.
They can spark the
and heart and help people look at their experiences in a new way.
that the preacher be able to adapt language used for diverse
circumstances that are often present in congregations today.
Preaching must communicate truth that touches
the heart of the listeners and calls them to action. They must be
encouraged to go deeper into the meaning of the Word and then put it
The disposition of the preacher and audience
has an influence on the sermon preached. This calls both preacher
and participants to prepare their minds and hearts to be open and
receptive and responsive to the Word that is preached.
Preaching is a privilege and responsibility.
Remember we all carry the Good News of Jesus, who is ever ready to
walk with us through all the ups and downs of life.