Sacrosanctum Concilium 52

This is what Vatican II said about the homily:

By means of the homily the mysteries of the faith and the guiding principles of the Christian life are expounded from the sacred text, during the course of the liturgical year; the homily, therefore, is to be highly esteemed as part of the liturgy itself; in fact, at those Masses which are celebrated with the assistance of the people on Sundays and feasts of obligation, it should not be omitted except for a serious reason.

The basis for the homily is the Lectionary and the liturgical texts of the liturgy. The task of preachers is to steer that elucidation into how to live the Christian life here and now.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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