How often does your family get back in the car and say, “What was Father talking about?” Maybe you’re at a parish with fantastic preachers who explain Sacred Scripture with holy eloquence. Or maybe your parish is about an 8 minute comedy show and everyone goes home laughing. Or maybe you just keep going to Church because you believe in the Real Presences of the Eucharist, despite any heretical teachings that come from the pulpit.
Maybe your none of the above and just want more from the Sunday homily.
Preaching is definitely an art form that requires practice, preparation, and prayer. After asking a number of clergy, we have found this little axiom true. At the same time some priests and deacons are just better preachers, than others.
If the priest or deacon has to practice, prepare, and pray, maybe those who listen might benefit from the same equation of success.
Preparing to Listen to a Sunday Homily
- Practice going to Mass Sunday to stay in touch with the liturgical season.
- Practice monthly confessions to keep your soul free from mortal sin and detached from venial sin.
- Practice reading the Sunday readings a few days before Sunday, so the words are in your mind.
- Read a commentary on the readings for Mass (http://thedivinelamp.wordpress.com/
- Read the Pope’s Wednesday Angelus message because it often interprets the Sunday readings.
- Read the Salt & Light blog because they give great sermons on the Sunday Readings
- Pray individually or as a family for your parish priests.
- In your daily prayer, ask the Lord to open your ears so you can hear Him speak through the priest.
- Ask the Lord to send more priests to your parish to preach and be heralds of the Gospel.
We hope these little insights might help you get the most out of the homily on Sundays.