In Mark 4:21-22a, Jesus asks, "Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand?" The ambo is that lampstand from where our hidden emotions can be made visible,
My college teacher of a salesmanship class once said, “The strongest human motivation is the desire to be superior. And if we’re naive enough to judge our superiority or equality by what we show on our backs or in our driveways, then we (literally) pay the price.
Discernment should not only be exercised with new ministers, but veterans as well. Our enthusiasm about a ministry may die down over time, or we may feel burned out; just a few reasons why discernment should be ongoing.
There are many things we can do to serve God, but not necessarily the one good thing God wants us to focus on. We're asked to do this and that. We run from one ministry to the next. Tuesday here, Sunday there. And who's laughing at us more than Satan!
To succeed at any endeavor, we need to visualize our success in advance: a corner hi-rise office, promotion, sale of a business, running a marathon, etc. And for lectors, this exercise can also bear fruit.
If we get too familiar with a reading where we feel we've "got it" and no longer need to study it, we risk proclaiming from the top of our heads instead of the depth of our hearts, and lose our listeners.
One of the most striking examples of the ultimate lector is from the Book of Nehemiah, describing how the prophet Ezra's deep knowledge and dedication to the Torah resulted in a delivery so powerful that he captured the full attention of the people,
Search “Public Scripture Reading” online, and you’ll find concerns about the lack of attention to it in non-Catholic services. But one way for non-Catholic preachers to better appreciate the value of public scripture reading their services is to visit a Catholic Mass.
Is the lector ministry in your parish or diocese set up for a fixed number of years? I hope not. To decide who goes out based on their time in service is short-sighted, especially among the best lectors who make an impact on their listeners.
Unlike the quality and professionalism parishes demand from their musicians or cantors, few make similar demands on their lectors, leaving them on their own to find sources of self-development and enrichment.
When we maintain our readiness for Christ’s return by living according to his will, we can “prevent” him from saying to us, “I never knew you.” Call it preventive maintenance of our relationship with him.
We are all hybrid humans living on a right-to-left or “sheep-to-goat” scale. As we grow in our faith and love for Christ, we start to become more selfless and giving toward others, and less selfish or “goat-like.” We begin to live more on the right side of the scale of inhabitants who will be welcomed into God's kingdom.
When we serve in too many different ministries at a time, nobody's lovin' it more but Satan, because we have less time to zero in on the one important thing God may be calling us to do. If certain ministries are interfering with us where our true passions are, we're being lead by Satan's "Plan B."