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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

An Evangelists' Dream

I consider myself an evangelist. I know, this evoke images of Jimmy Swaggert and the now demoted Ted Haggard but let me explain.

I love proclaiming Jesus. I'm not a great teacher, though I can do it. I love being Jesus to other people, but I'm not a cloistered pray-er. It just gets my motor going to proclaim Jesus Christ is Lord both in word and deed, through relationships with people and in talks that I'll give.

So today's reading from the Philippians was just a dream: And I was the reader for noon Mass today:

Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus,
Who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and, found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess thatJ
Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father.

Of course I couldn't get up and say how excited I was to give the reading, but the thought did cross my mind. Thank goodness for blogs!



Blogger Tim said...

I know the feeling. I'm a lector at my parish, and when I get a reading that I really like (all Scripture is good, but I have favorites), I have all I can do to keep myself from introducing the reading with "OK, this one is awesome. You have to hear this, so everybody listen up! Sir, in the back, if you could put down that bulletin for just a moment, God is going to speak to us."

And I think it would be cool if, just once, we could stop mid-reading and repeat a line that is really powerful. I have to admit, I get a little jealous of non-Catholic evangelists - because they can make that long dramatic pause - say "Can I get an Amen, somebody? - and then repeat the line. Wouldn't that be cool? just once? If I tried it, it would go something like this . . .

"That at the NAME of Jesus!"

(dramatic pause)

"Can I get an Amen, somebody?"

(no one responds - we're Catholic)

"That at the name of Jesus, EVERY knee should bend!"

"Turn to your neighbor and say 'EVERY knee'"

(again, no response, but one older man who can't hear very well "whispers" to his wife in a loud voice: "Did he say we should 'burn our neighbor's evergreen?' Why would I want to do that?")

"That at the name of Jesus EVERY knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and EVERY tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, to the glory of God the Father!"

"Somebody shout Amen!!"

"Somebody sing Alleluia!!"


. . . and right about there, our pastor would have the ushers come over and escort me to a side exit . . .

9:58 PM  

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