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Q. 1. Can you tell me, what is the purpose of the homily? At some Churches, all the priest does is talk about himself, his travelling, his relatives, his personal experiences. At other Churches, the priest likes to tell stories that he read in non-Catholic books. I do not know why they call them homilies when they resemble socials. It was always my understanding that a homily means, a commentary, without formal introduction, division, or conclusion, on some part of Sacred Scripture, the aim being to explain the literal, and evolve the spiritual, meaning of the Sacred Text.

A. 1. According to "The General Instruction of the Roman Missal", # 65 "The Homily is part of the Liturgy and is strongly recommended, for it is necessary for the nurturing of the Christian life. It should be an exposition of some aspect of the readings from Sacred Scripture or of another text from the Ordinary or from the Proper of the Mass of the day and should take into account both the mystery being celebrated and the particular needs of the listeners."

The homily is the time when God speaks to the people through the interpretation of the Scriptures that have just been heard. It is not a time for the priest to introduce himself or his relatives, nor a time to share his personal experiences. Such an action is an act of theft, the priest stealing God's time to glorify himself.

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