Noisy Gongby George Miller on 12/17/11
If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing symbol ... 1 Corinthians 13:1
Those familiar words of St. Paul should always remind us to pour out more of our love to our listeners when we deliver God's Word. A love for God, of course; but also a love to those whom we read. And the more of this love we project, the more attention and love we receive back from our listeners in return.
How beautiful it can be to wash the feet of our fellow parishioners through God's Word, with the same kind of love Jesus showed when he actually did wash the feet of His apostles at the Last Supper.
Perhaps we all could work more on developing this ability to proclaim with love as Paul does in his greeting in 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 (First Sunday of Advent, B). Check it out. Try to put yourself in Paul's circumstances and project a similar heartfelt love to your listeners as he did to those challenged Corinthians in his time.
Love penetrates - - deeper than any special platform skills or techniques.