FIYH heads this subsection “PASTORAL ROLE OF THE PREACHER.” Let’s read:
 Preachers who are conscious of their representative role strive to preach in a way that indicates they know and identify with the people to whom they are speaking. Their preaching is pastoral, displaying a sensitive and concerned knowledge of the struggles, doubts, concerns, and joys of the members of a local community.
The term “pastoral” gets a bad rap in some conservative circles. I’m not sure what to make of that; one of the leading complaints about the implementation of Vatican II in parishes is how insensitively it was done.
John 10:14 shows Jesus giving the principle by which pastoral leadership identifies with those led. It is not a leadership that passively gives in or accepts everything the community hopes for or wishes for:
 To be in touch with the cares and concerns, needs and good fortunes of the assembly does not mean that the preacher has to answer questions or solve problems in every homily. There will be occasions when nothing we can say will do anything to change a situation. We cannot raise a dead daughter to life; our words will not stop inflation or lower unemployment.
Most people are not looking for miracle cures and reversals of fortune. Most often, it is enough that people know others are with them.
What our words can do is help people make connections between the realities of their lives and the realities of the Gospel. We can help them see how God in Jesus Christ has entered and identified himself with the human realities of pain and of happiness.
This is really the core of pastoral ministry, and by extension, pastoral preaching: that Jesus knows them and that the preacher can communicate that reality.
(All texts from Fulfilled in Your Hearing are copyright © 1982 USCCB. All rights reserved. Used with permission.)