What is the purpose of the homily?
January 10, 2021, 12:00 PM
The homily during Mass is given by the priest or deacon after the Scripture readings. Its purpose is to help us to have a deeper understanding of the word of God so that it has a greater effect in our lives. “Homily” comes from the Greek word homilein, which means “to converse.” Conversing implies more intimacy than just being “talked at” or lectured.
The Church teaches, “When the Sacred Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself speaks to his people.” The homily helps us to know how to respond to the word of God – making the Liturgy of the Word into a true conversation between God and His people.