The Washington Post published an article on Christmas Day highlighting the pressure preachers face on Christmas Eve: for many people it is the one sermon a year that they hear in church. How to make an old story knew? How to capture all the importance of the Christian faith in one message? How to keep it under 12 minutes so we don’t lose the attention span of the congregation???

I appreciated this article for a number of reasons, but I think it reinforced the assumption that is is only preachers who are able to proclaim the Good News and that this only happens in a church. While there is something distinctive about the art of preaching, that articles lets us off the hook because it neglects the fact that when we’re out shopping, or parking in a crowded lot, or waiting in an anxious line at the post office or bank – we also proclaim our faith to the world. The Good News isn’t just something we leave at the altar and pick up again once a week – it is something we carry with us into the world.

Hence the name of my blog, “Katagello” which is a Greek word meaning, “To proclaim publicly” or “to preach.” The Internet is about as public as one’s thoughts could possibly become…but it is only a reflection of the life that the world already sees – life that shows by our actions what we truly think and hold dear to us. In the words attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the Gospel always, and when necessary use words.”


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