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Touchstones for Preaching

Touchstone 1: The Sacramentality of the Word

The Letter to the Hebrews proclaims that "the Word God of God is living and active, sharper than any two edge sword" (Heb 4:12). This means that scripture is not simply useful information about the relationship between God and the human family. Rather, scripture is sacramental. When scripture is proclaimed, God is made present and actively touches our lives. The following presentation develops the meaning of the sacramentality of the scriptures and explains how the sacramentality is unfolded in the Liturgy of the Word.

Presented June 20, 2011 | References | Transcript

Questions for Reflection

  • How does the sacramental view of the Liturgy of the Word strike you? 
  • Can you describe an event in your own life in which you experienced the Word of God sacramentally? 
  • Does viewing the Word of God as sacramental, suggest any changes you need to make in the way you prepare your homilies and how you preach your homilies?