The reader of the sermons in this book will very likely have more difficulty in taking in their last paragraphs. That is, when the speaker, having tried to interpret the gospel passage and update it in the here and now of the community, arrives at the call, the call to respond to the proclamation of the good news of the Kingdom of God, in the gospel. This is the part of the sermon that has given this word a bad name. It is indeed unacceptable to a society of moral relativism and voyeuristic consumerism such as ours. But at the same time it constitutes flesh from his flesh, the distinctive difference of the sermon and the necessary condition of its existence. Authentic preaching is not aimed at study in the study hall, but at nothing less than a new life.