[quote=;2339386]The homily is required at Sunday Mass, even if only a few words about the readings. The mission of the priest, in union with the bishop, is to teach, preach and sanctify.
We frequently discuss the homilies after Mass, here (our pastor is one of the best preachers I have ever heard) and when we travel. We have concluded over the years that every homily, even the dryest, most boring, poorest delivered, has a gem within it, and has something to say that we need to here. I truly believe that any homilist if he speaks with intent to convey the truth, is guided by the Holy Spirit and that if we listen with an open hearts, we will hear what the Holy Spirit wants us to hear, even if the priest doesn’t “say it right.” In fact, I believe that is a dimension of speaking in tongues.
We have also learned over the years that the best homilies are those which make us uncomfortable, which make us feel indignant that we have been “preached at” as if there was some need for us to hear the preaching. In fact, the most disappointing sermons are those which are the most bland, comforting, reassuring and non-challenging.
Many times I have heard the priest or deacon preaching a bilingual homily, or one mostly in Spanish, and although my Spanish is week, I do get the sense of his message. I believe that also is a manner of speaking in tongues, that the Holy Spirit communicates through the priest.
Sometimes in a 20 minute homily (and our pastor would go on for an hour if there was not another Mass) there may be only a word or one theme or idea that stays with me, but it is always there, not necessarily the word the preacher intended, but what I needed to hear. When I start to resent what the preacher is saying, that is a sign that I really need to listen up, because there is something coming that I need to hear.
Wow, I think many truths in what you said , puzzleannie. And I am amazed that you discuss the homilies after the Mass. Never heard people doing that… I wished it were so, but never met with that…