Some folks ask how long it takes a priest to prepare a Sunday homily.
For this priest, this week, it took about eight hours direct time in composition, not counting time I thought about it, on and off, as I went about other business.
I started composing Wednesday, and spent several hours coming up with a lot of material--far too much. I got back to it today, rewrote most of it, adding, cutting, cutting, cutting...trying to get it to a manageable length, but also to try to give it some discernible flow and shape, attending to the imagery, the phrases, so they might be effective and memorable.
You'll see it Sunday, and your comments are always very helpful.