The homily is not simply an explanation of the scriptures, the fruit of research into the best scholarship. Nor is it the drawing of a moral from the scriptures, nor using the scriptures to back up the latest need for school support or abortion law reform. Nor is the homily a great a great literary creation "from nothing": the scriptures and Eucharist are its beginning and its ending. The homilist helps the assembly appreciate the wonderful web that links word and sacrament and daily living.
LITURGY WITH STYLE AND GRACE, by Gabe Huck and
(Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1998), page 50.