EG 137: The Liturgical Context of the Homily

Catholic Sensibility

Vasnetsov_Maria_Magdalene In Evangelii Gaudium , Pope Francis suggests a model for the liturgical homily. Not meditation. Not catechesis. But a dialogue between God and people. How can this be accomplished with only one person speaking? I’m curious to see:

137. It is worthy remembering that “the liturgical proclamation of the word of God, especially in the eucharistic assembly, is not so much a time for meditation and catechesis as a dialogue between God and his people, a dialogue in which the great deeds of salvation are proclaimed and the demands of the covenant are continually restated”.[JOHN PAUL II, Dies Domini  41]

This point will be coming up in a few weeks as we examine this apostolic letter of the late pope. So this is not some new idea, at least coming from the Chair of Peter.

What about the homily not being catechesis? It’s better than catechesis:

The homily has special…

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