I don't know what to call it. "Monday Morning Liturgical Quarterback?" Perhaps.
Here's the idea. On Mondays, I'm going to start a thread dedicated to the previous Sunday's liturgy. I am inviting you to post
1) the gist of the homily you heard
2)anything interesting/unique/ whacked you experienced at the liturgy
Let me explain why I'm doing this, and then lay down a couple of rules.
First, I'm not intending this to be a Thread of Complaints. We do enough of that around here, and we will undoubtedly do more. I really don't want it to be a discussion thread either. I'd rather we just post our experiences and then step back, rather than commenting on what others have posted.
I would like it to be simply a reporting thread, because, to tell the truth, I'm interested. I'm really interested to hear how different homilists in different parts of the country (or world!) deal with the same texts - or even in different denominations (when our lectionaries coincide). I'm interested, sometimes in a morbid way, in the liturgical (ahem) diversity that exists in the Churuch in this country. And really and truly, I'm not interested for the sake of pointing out "errors" or abuses. That's not my purpose here. One of the reasons I've maintained this blog is to try to present a daily digest of what the Church in the US is about and concerned with. Back a couple of years ago, when I was posting like mad (tho never at Shea levels, I admit), that was what I fascinated with - to explore, present and discuss what we were up to across the country. That's the spirit in which I'm starting this feature.
So...the rules, I guess are this: Report, with commentary if you wish. Snideness is allowed (because this is Open Book), but always with charity (charitable snideness? Well, give it a try) and so is rapturous praise. If you don't mind, at least tell us what diocese you're reporting from. Tell us the parish, if you like. I'm most interested in homilies, but if there was something else that's worth mentioning, for good or for ill, go ahead.
And as I stated, let's try not to make it a discussion thread. If something strikes me as particularly worthy of discussion, I'll tease it out and build a separate post on it.
Sound okay? Humor me. I'm nosy. If I ever get around to writing the Great American Catholic Novel, this will help me. I'll start:
Our homily today was on the last section of the second reading - that our only boasting should be in Christ. The homilist (Diocese of Fort Wayne - South Bend!) completely ignored the Gospel, and offered rather mundane reflections on how we might be resistant to give God the credit for our successes, but we shouldn't be, because he gave us life, and to him be the glory. And somehow, stewardship got worked into to it too.
UPDATE: Priests, please post the gist of your homilies as well, or provide a link to what you've blogged about it, if you have a blog.
Bloggers, please spread the word on this - I'd appreciate it! It would be great if this could become as popular a post as a..torture post, for example!