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.
----from LITURGY WITH STYLE AND GRACE, by Gabe
Huck and Gerald T.Chinchar.
(Chicago: Liturgy Training
Publications, 1998), page 50.