Hey guys. I just read all of the comments, and here’s what I’ve learned: 1) some people still get “something” out of dumbed-down preaching that improperly interprets the Lectionary Texts by ignoring certain elements within them, MAYBE; 2) it’s ok for the priest not to be properly prepared, and its ok for him not to take the time to properly understand the Lectionary Texts; 3) the priest, in the end, succeeded because he got you to think, but only because his words made you uneasy, and prompted you to investigate matters for yourself, and, possibly, go on to correcting him; 4) he’s the authority, and you’re not, so you better learn from him because you don’t have his training, and, therefore, you cannot be expected to grasp the sources of our Tradition; 5) don’t call him out on the problem, but play dumb and ask for more amazingly deep insight; 6) change yourself because, clearly, it’s not his fault…you have a “filter” problem, and you better stop filtering out all of the truth and its depth; 7) according to the Scriptures, John the Baptist and Jesus were very different from one another in approach.
Based on all of this, I guess there really isn’t a problem nowadays.
Come on my friends, do you not see a correlation between this and the fact that so many have abandoned the Faith, others don’t actually meaningfully live it, most are impoverished in their understanding of it, and the laughable temptations and ideas of the world find so much sudden strength in their battle against it? Consider just how many Catholics, around the world, go to at least Sunday Mass, and, therein, hear the preaching of their priests and bishops. This is an amazing opportunity to nurture and develop the Faith of roughly the 300 million Catholics who actually attend Mass. I don’t think even the most popular tv show has the opportunity to influence this many people, and every single Sunday at that! Consider, also, the opportunity to do the same with those roughly 600 million more Catholics who don’t usually attend Sunday Mass but do come for Christmas or Easter.
What would happen if we actually really learned our Faith through the homilies?