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What is the Difference Between a Sermon and a Homily?

Interesting stuff from Villanova University:

What is the difference between a Sunday “homily”and a “sermon”? In general, a homily is a scripturally-based reflection provides “food for thought” about the challenges of living as a Catholic in today’s busy and hectic world. Through the Sunday homily, the members of the community of faith gathered at the Eucharist learn how they might accept Sacred Scripture and Church teaching as central to their daily lives and, then, live a distinctively Christian and Catholic way of life. The Second Vatican Council suggested that it is Christ, not the minister, speaking to his disciples through the Sunday homily.
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Mary De Voe said...

The homily focuses on God, the sermon focuses on the people.

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