Proclamation of the Homily in a secularized World and the Experience of God’s Presence Cover Image

Homilia wprowadzaniem w doświadczenie Boga a kontekst sekularyzmu
Proclamation of the Homily in a secularized World and the Experience of God’s Presence

Author(s): Henryk Sławiński
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Wydział Teologii
Keywords: homily;; secularism; experience of God; sacramental imagination

Summary/Abstract: The starting point of the reflection in the article is the secularized context of contemporary preaching. The both last popes clearly stated that we live in the world, which tends to marginalize God or even the transcendent dimension of the human existence. Thus the secularism generates the context for today’s homily. It is the sacramental view of the world which delivers an alternative to the secular interpretation of the world. The sacramental interpretation emphasizes the active presence of God in the world (thoughts of Karl Rahner, Edward Schillebeeckx, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Carlos Mesters). It takes into consideration the human experience in its depths, the so called “contrast experience” (the term of E. Schillebeeckx) and the interpretation of the human experience through the prism of the Church’s faith. This interpretation is more subjective. There is however also the objective interpretation of the active presence of God. One can say so about the liturgy, where God is present and acts through words and signs in order to save the people. The proclamation of the homily is a privileged moment of this interpretation, of both the human daily life and the sacred texts proclaimed in the liturgy. This proclamation of the homily might be called - using the term of Mary Catherine Hilkert - “Naming Grace” in the human existence. Even when the secularized society neglects the reality of God, we as Christian preachers are even more urged to give witness about our conviction of the active presence of God in our daily life and especially in the liturgical rites of the Church.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 16
  • Page Range: 119-134
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish