FIYH 1-3: Start With The Assembly

We get into the meat of FIYH with a first chapter devoted to the assembly of worshippers. Just so you know, FIYH has been divided into four larger sections each treating in turn: the assembly, the preacher, the homily, and finally, homiletic method. There’s a reason for this emphasis, but before they get into it, the bishops present one of my favorite Gospel passages:

[1] Jesus came to Nazareth where he had been reared, and entering the syna­gogue on the sabbath as he was in the habit of doing, he stood up to do the reading. When the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed him, he unrolled the scroll and found the passage where It was written:

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me;

therefore he has anointed me.

He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,

to proclaim liberty to captives,

Recovery of sight to the blind

and release to prisoners,

To announce a year of favor from the Lord.”

Rolling up the scroll he gave it back to the assistant and sat down. All in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on him. Then he began by saying to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” All who were present spoke favorably of him; they marveled at the appealing discourse which came from his lips. (Lk 4:14-22a)

[2] These verses from the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Saint Luke present us with a picture of Jesus as reader and homilist in the synagogue at Nazareth. He stands up to read the lesson from the prophet which was placed at the end of the service. He then draws on this passage to speak to the here-and-now situation. All who listened to him were favorably impressed.

[3] The three major elements of liturgical preaching are all here: the preacher, the word drawn from the Scriptures, and the gathered community. Each element is essential and each must be considered carefully if we are to understand the challenge and the possibilities of liturgical preaching.

(All texts from Fulfilled in Your Hearing are copyright © 1982 USCCB. All rights reserved. Used with permission.)

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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