I mentioned in my post yesterday that I thought the Holy Father used a poor word-choice in speaking about catechists, saying,
“Educators of the faith,” said the Pope, “cannot run the risk of looking like some sort of clown, who is simply playing a role.”
I neglected to include the link to the whole story. (Link no longer available.)
I mentioned in one of my comments yesterday that I don’t think for a minute that the Holy Father lacks appreciation, gratitude, and respect for catechists. I just think that the use of the word clown detracted from his core message. I think that it would have been more effective to evoke the image of the actor who in Greek tradition, wore a mask, hiding his true identity. This is the meaning and origin of the word hypocrite and Jesus certainly challenged us to not be hypocrites. I think we can all relate to the notion of a gap between how we present ourselves to others and who we really are and we strive to overcome or eliminate this gap. The imagery of a clown, however, while also pointing to someone who conceals his or her true identity, suggests total frivolity and foolishness.
The Holy Father’s core message is well-taken and let’s end by focusing on that: our lives should be seamless, with no separation between how we live and the message we proclaim.