It is said to be an abuse to neglect to give a homily at Sunday Mass. Apparently, there are places where this abuse is widespread. I want to know where to go to sign up to have the neglect of homilies enshrined in canon law as it applies to my parish, where I have been given to understand, among other things, that the hierarchy of the Church was not divinely instituted; that the Eucharist was established by the Christian community as a memorial to Christ; that you don't need to believe in God to be a good person; and that the darkness the people walked in before they saw the great light was not sin, but the oppression of the priestly classes.
Today, instead of a homily, we got a really lame joke from the priest, followed by a layman ascending the pulpit and dunning us for donations to the diocese. Not quite what I had in mind, but at least I didn't have to listen to the Gospel According to Karl Marx.
Still, it's a mark of how bad things are when you find yourself rejoicing that this time you only got slapped in the face instead of getting beaten with a baseball bat.
A soul that is full shall tread upon the honeycomb: and a soul that is hungry shall take even bitter for sweet. Proverbs 27:7.