Jesus said to them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature." (Mk 16:15)
Second year of theology has begun, and we've hit the ground running. We began the year by setting a week aside for prayer and silent meditation. Then this week we've begun an in depth workshop on preaching.
I've known for awhile that this workshop was coming up, that in September we'd actually begin preparing and practicing homilies. But it didn't dawn on me until this week what exactly that meant. Preaching is something that I knew was important but that seemed far in the future. This week that future has become reality. Even though I won't actually be preaching in Mass for another two years, it is really awesome and a bit frightening to begin the preparation. The workshop's format has been really helpful. We meet for four hours in the morning to learn the practical mechanics of preaching, and then each afternoon we break into groups of four to practice with a priest moderator in the afternoons. For now we're practicing preparing and preaching homilies for daily Mass (2-4 minutes). I've been surprised by how much time it has been taking me to prepare something to say. Though it is comforting knowing that we'll all get better (and more efficient) through practice.
Keep all of us second year men in your prayers as we spend the rest of this week (and a large chunk of the rest of this year) practicing preaching.