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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
BORING HOMILIES.


Q. 1. Why are some homilies (sermons) so boring? Listening to some preachers, you can fall asleep without any difficulty.

A. 1. Preaching is a gift of God. Some priests have the gift; others do not have it. For those who have it, they have no problem in preparing a homily. Those who do not have it, they struggle for days to prepare the upcoming Sunday homily.

And then there are those who do not prepare themselves until the last minute. Not having sufficient time to properly prepare their homily, the end result is boring.

Then you have the preachers who likes to tell stories or who cannot preach one homily without talking about themselves. Lots of the faithful find this very upsetting and boring. The homily time during the Holy Mass is God's time to speak to His children. It is a special time when the priest is supposed to talk about the readings that the faithful heard during the Mass, especially the reading of the Gospel.

Then you have the minister of the Word who did prepare a very good homily, but because of pride, he refuses to have his papers in front of him as a guide when he is preaching. And so he forgets what he wrote, loses track of the theme and mixes the order of his presentation. Consequently, he makes no sense and he too is boring.

Then there are the immigrant priests who cannot speak the local language. Nobody understands them. The local Bishop is not doing anyone a favour by recruiting foreign priests who cannot be understood. In many of these situations, the faithful long for the "foreign" Mass to be over so they can go home.

Then you have the priests who are spiritually dry, the liberal priests who want to change the Church Tradition according to their fads, those who do not believe in the Holy Bible, and the list goes on.

Until such time as every priest embraces the fact that the Bible is the Word of God and the few short minutes that are available for the homily are God's time to speak to His people, homilies shall continue to be boring. Nobody gets bored from listening to God's Word.

The Word of God makes you wise regarding salvation. "And how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." [2 Timothy 3:15-17]

The Word of God builds you up. "Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified." [Acts 20:32]

The Word of God keeps you on God's path. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." [2 Timothy 3:16-17]

The Wrod of God sets you free. "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" [John 8:31-32]



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