One always feels somewhat anxious preaching in a Sunday assembly that includes an eminent scripture scholar. The encounter after Mass is approached with some trepidation, especially when one is well aware that his homily was scatter-shot and somewhat shticky.
"Happy new year, Professor."
"Charles! You know, I have to tell you..." Oh no, here it comes.
"You really got through the new Roman Canon well!"
What a relief. Especially because then I could bring up some of my recent questions on the new translation of the Canon, like ors that I think should be alsos and such.