FIYH 114-115: The Spirit Animates

The conclusion of the FIYH epilogue:

[114] We dare to utter that sacred Word because we once heard the voice of Mystery who spoke to Isaiah: “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” And we answered with Isaiah, “Here I am; send me” (Is 6:8). With Jeremiah we trust that the Lord will place his words in our mouths, despite our youth or age, our ignorance and our inadequacies (Jer 1:6-9). Even when we fall on our faces, the promise of Ezekiel is there, that a voice will speak to us and a spirit enter into us and set us again on our feet (Ezek 2:1-3). We believe that the Word we speak is the Word God intends to have an effect upon the world in which we live.

For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come

And do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful,

Giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats,

So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth;

It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it. (Is 55:10-11)

Funny how that St James, Seattle ambo pictured with this series of posts depicts this very passage.

[115] We too stand in sacred space, aware of our personal inadequacy, yet willing to share how the scriptural story has become integrated into our thoughts and actions while we walked among those who turn their faces toward us. The words we speak are human words describing how God’s action has become apparent to us this week. Is it any wonder then that excitement and tension fill us in the moments before we preach? With a final deep breath may we also breathe in the Spirit of God who will animate our human words with divine–power.

(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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2 Responses to FIYH 114-115: The Spirit Animates

  1. Adeodatus says:

    Oh Great! Now on the parish level we will have boards of laity (and perhaps religious) grading the preaching ability of priests and deacons. I.e., non-clerics exercising religious authority over clerics. This is another example of the post-Vatican II Church clericalizing the laity!

  2. Todd says:

    That’s a curious comment. An American sensibility would leap to the conclusion of grades and authority, like this were some kind of school.

    By reading the document as a whole, we saw the bishops were encouraging clergy to work with laity to preach more effectively. Of course, in some quarters, the very notion of teamwork can be alarming. Adeodatus, are you saying you’re opposed to teamwork in some way being exercised in parishes between clergy and laity? That’s not post-conciliar; that comes from the Vatican II documents themselves.

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