[quote=Deacon Tony560]Attended a homily workshop recently for priests and deacons. It was given by two priests that travel all over the country. They suggested between 10-15 Min. People have been conditioned to news bites and start daydreaming after this time. Also, the homily is suppose to reflect the readings of the day and relate them to people’s lives. If you study (1 hour for evey minute that you preach) you can get right to the point and stay on the point. One central theme is your goal. My homilies are from 7-10 minutes. And yes, I do mention sin!
You know, I think the last thing we need to worry about is how other media delivers its message, “sound bites” etc. This is ridiculous. Why do they know any more about delivering a message than anybody else? The news media seems to mimic the commercials.
Homilies are their own “genre” and a bad homily or a short homily just sends the message “you’re taking this too seriously.” Like the crowds that followed Jesus, I think we want to be fed with nourishing spiritual food.
One nearby pastor uses some sort of handbook, and he always uses a cut-and-paste approach in his homily, of practically reading the notebook verbatim. It just smacks of poor preparation.
It is a chore for everybody to go to Mass every Sunday, and to get no homily or to get one that was cooked up 10 minutes before Mass began just isn’t good enough. I don’t know why these priests even bother. I’d rather stay home listen to Billy Graham, or Jerry Falwell, or Charles Stanley.
A lot of non-Catholic preachers are known to tape their sermons for the benefit of people to study them later. These sermons are quite good, for the most part, being extensively researched in the Bible.
Don’t ask me how long a sermon / homily should be. Tell me if it’s worth taping and listening to in the future. Tell me how many people even remember what the priest talked about at the end of Mass.