THE PROUD PREACHER
Pride makes the preacher preach
new things that it may not repeat those things which were of old. It is not
important to the haughty man to impart the truth nor for him to seek after
things too deep. He removes the truth from things revealed.
HOW THE WORD OF
GOD IS TO BE DESIRED AND SOUGHT
Blessed are those who truly wish to know the commands
of Christ. This remarkable hunger and thirst is sincere if we are willing to
hear the word of God with patience and love.
Action is better than mere knowledge; but it is
necessary to know before acting. One must know exactly what he wishes. We
must first learn so that afterwards we may fulfill.
If you truly thirst and hunger, you will not be
content just to listen during homilies. You must seek it every moment as
something rightly due you.
Preachers are told to preach ceaselessly: "Show
my people their sins. If you do not, I will require his blood at thy
hand." The apostle says "For 3 days and 3 nights, I did not cease
to admonish everyone of you."
The apostle was so fearful of this obligation that he
preached day and night. "Preach the word...in season and out of
season; reprove, entreat, rebuke. "In season..." i.e. when people
are willing to listen and "Out of season..." even when they are
The word of God must be offered to those who are
willing to listen; it must be forced upon those who are averse to it.
"You must double with good deeds what you have received in word."
You must feel it when your dosage of God's words is
delayed. The body is fed three times a day; and the soul is fed once a
There must be a desirable restlessness for the words
of Scriptures. For when God sees that the hearers are slothful because of
worldly distraction and the preachers are equally slothful in preaching the
word of God, God "...sends a famine on hearing the word of God."
So preachers must preach well, and you, the hearers,
be gentle in your obedience and persevere in good works.
St. Caesarius of Arles Sermo