Listened to a few homilies recently. Really listened .
And heard a lot of good stuff about politics and Australia and economics and indigenous peoples and multiculturalism.
Good stuff. Well, maybe “okay” stuff.
But nothing about God.
Doesn’t it seem strange to you, that in exhortations to be kind and just and equitable , that God is not mentioned? In church?
Indeed, it not just strange but sad. Sad because this may be the only time in a week that the faithful hear about Christ and all of life reflected in Christ and His teaching,
And it’s not just me who thinks this is sad, sad and wrong. It’s the Church. In Redemptionis Sacramentum
“[67.] Particular care is to be taken so that the homily is firmly based upon the mysteries of salvation, expounding the mysteries of the Faith and the norms of Christian life from the biblical readings and liturgical texts throughout the course of the liturgical year and providing commentary on the texts of the Ordinary or the Proper of the Mass, or of some other rite of the Church. It is clear that all interpretations of Sacred Scripture are to be referred back to Christ himself as the one upon whom the entire economy of salvation hinges, though this should be done in light of the specific context of the liturgical celebration. In the homily to be given, care is to be taken so that the light of Christ may shine upon life’s events. Even so, this is to be done so as not to obscure the true and unadulterated word of God: for instance, treating only of politics or profane subjects, or drawing upon notions derived from contemporary pseudo-religious currents as a source.“