One aspect of the Catholic faith that I very much appreciate is the Homily over the Protestant style sermon.
- The Homily is part of the Liturgy and is strongly recommended, for it is necessary for the nurturing of the Christian life. It should be an exposition of some aspect of the readings from Sacred Scripture or of another text from the Ordinary or from the Proper of the Mass of the day and should take into account both the mystery being celebrated and the particular needs of the listeners.
The homily is a commentary on the scripture offered for the day. I love the Catholic liturgical calendar, that flows with the seasons and examines and celebrates the Bible and the seasons in such a lovely fashion.
I’ve been to Protestant Churches and the pastor will choose a subject and put together a sometimes inspiring message, and pull scriptures from various places in the Bible to illustrate his point. It’s an entirely different format, and I don’t like it as much. It seems too much based on the personality and interests of one man or woman, and it’s less disciplined. Often the speaker goes on too long.