Tuesday, August 18, 2015
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HOMILY, BUT SHOULD WE MAKE IT TOO IMPORTANT?
In my car this morning, I was listening on XM Radio, the Catholic Channel's Gus Lloyd's "Cease the Day" program.
One segment with call-ins focused on parish homilies and having the call in people rate the homilies in their parish from 1, the worst, to 10 the best.
It was a great discussion and those who did call felt homilies to be important to them and they wanted good homilies. There were many highly rated homilists by the call-ins. Many complained about priests from elsewhere who do not have a good command of the English language or their accents are too thick to understand.
One person was like a priest-groupie traveling 65 miles each Sunday to hear her favorite priest preach who had once been in her parish but now transferred. Many base their search of what parish to attend based on the quality of homilies.
When I was growing up, I can't say the homilies I heard were all that great. We had one priest I could not understand at all so thick was his Irish accent! The homilies to me were long and boring and I just knew that I had to endure it to get to the Liturgy of the Eucharist, which I viewed as the most important and awe inspiring for me, even if I did not receive Holy Communion that particular Sunday.
I don't know how my parishioners would rate my homilies or delivery. I work hard to produce homilies that are logical with a clear beginning and end and try not to preach more than 10 minutes.
I don't think I have any groupies following me because of my personality, good homilies or brilliant delivery.
I hope my parishioners are following our Lord despite the priest who preaches or celebrates the Mass.
What do you think?