I challenge anyone here to the following
If a homily seems ill-prepared, wandering, or God forbid “boring” to you, see if you can do the following.
Extract one simple resolution from either the opening collect (if you can remember a few words from it), from the first reading, from the second reading, from the Responsorial, or from the Gospel, or even from a few stray points in the priest’s homily.
Just extract one small point of struggle from any of these sources of Scripture or prayer, and “pray with it” during the homily.
From the Gospel in the Mass of today, St John’s Gospel: “Father, the hour has come.
Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you”
Now we can pray with this nugget, and we can extract a small concrete resolution out of it:
Lord, every hour You come to me asking me to draw closer to you, to love You a bit more, to love my wife a bit more…How can I give glory to You this day, this next hour or two? How can I help Your Son give You glory in my workday? In my home life? Don’t let an hour pass today without helping me to give You glory in some small way, perhaps in some hidden way, known only to You."
And this can form the base of our resolution: I will give You glory today by smiling at every person I meet naturally, and I will check myself at noon, when I will mark the day with a prayer to Your daughter Mary.
No one, if they put the tools God gave them to love Him with (their intellect, their imagination, their memory, their will),m can come away from any homily or Mass, unhelped by it.
It takes a mere act of the will and act of the intellect to squeeze out a solid point of struggle from any homily at all. It’s easy, it just takes a moment of love, a moment of more effort, a tiny bit of hardy sacrifice.