Preparing to write this, I read Patrick Willson's homiletical perspective on Psalm 81 in the incredible rich series Feasting on the Word. At the very end, he quotes John Webster (not that Webster, this Webster):
"The church exists in the space which is made by the Word...The church exists and continues because God is communicatively present; it is brought into being and carried by the Word."
Willson goes on to reflect about homilies in general. Do we "hope for a word from the One who pleads, 'if you would but listen to me!' or are [our] hopes confined to more ordinary hopes, that the sermon will be interesting and not too long?" And this question, which reached me where I am right now, writing for times and places I may not see. Am I writing with "the expectation that God set apart and sanctify [my] carefully prepared words as a means of speaking God's own Word?"
Do I go to Mass in hope? Do I write in hope?
This sharply earthy reflection on Psalm 139 by Patrick Willson reminded me of Mike Leach's recent beautifully wrenching piece in NCR.
Fierce Prayers (27 July 2012)