Assuming you do come back and read, I’ll just say that I understand what you’re saying. Whether it’s a homily or some other presentation, few people can read the text and have it sound interesting.
We have a retired priest who sometimes celebrates Sunday Masses. He was fine until he had a small stroke. After that he didn’t feel like he could rely on his memory so he wrote out his homilies and they put me to sleep. He did the same thing in casual settings. If I asked him to come and visit the RCIA folks – and he was a very welcome visitor since he was a holy and wise man – he started to write out his remarks for them. Finally I started inviting him and saying “you don’t have to prepare anything. I just want you to meet them and them to meet you and have a chance for them to ask you some questions.” With him, you just have to accept that this is how things are now.
On the other hand, there’s a parish I visit often and the pastor writes out his homilies. He has good things to say but the presentation just doesn’t work. Since it’s not my parish I wouldn’t feel comfortable approaching him, but I’d love to hear suggestions on how that might be done.
At another parish the priest always starts with a joke. The joke doesn’t have anything to do with the subject of the homily, it’s just a distraction. Again, I wish there was a way to suggest that the homily would be much improved if he started with the actual content and skipped the joke.
Do priests even want to hear about things like this?