Why People are more attentive in Showbiz Issues rather than Priest Homily?

Philippines
November 24, 2012 2:44am CST
Reality check, as i have observe majority of people are much less-interested in listening Homily during Sunday mass. But in showbiz issues they were very fervently active and lively to know more details and document the whole narration of the story. It is unfortunate therefore that it seems like the social media greatly affects the spiritual routine of the people, and it has been sad to note and needless to say that it is slowly stealing the attention and interests of the people to put God first before anything else.Do you know exactly what is the reason behind of this? What do you think it is a fact or a pure rumors?
6 responses
• St. Peters, Missouri
26 Nov 12
I think this is actually applicable to something we were talking about in another post. People learn better when they are interested and people learn better when they are more actively engaged. Unfortunately, it's a sad reality that the importance of the information isn't a determining factor. For some people, it might be because it makes them more interested. But it's not something that can be counted on. If you take a normal Sunday Homily, how involved is the congregation? For every church I've ever been to, the answer is that it's about equivalent to a lecture. Take the exact same material and present it in a form that gets the congregation involved, and you have a completely different outcome. As you said, with Showbiz Issues, people are fervently active. They get involved to the point that they can document issues. As far as interest goes, people tend to be more interested in things that directly relate to them. Again, with the Sunday Homily, the topic is often somewhat abstract to people and often the direct connection to their daily life is left unsaid. Bringing in a statement at the end is too late. People need to be hooked at the beginning. They need to know there's a reason to listen. This gets them involved and interested. In teaching, we're taught to do some type of beginning activity. We activate their interest. We don't do this activity AFTER we've taught the lesson. What do you think?
• Philippines
26 Nov 12
Exactly ma'am Becky, Sunday homily is an art of teaching. As like teachers, preachers must be more cognizant on the proper motivational factors and remain attentive and/or informative relative to his/her subject matter being discussed to the public. It is a sad reality to note that the word of God is not that interesting to people and makes them very tedious to listen on this. Thus, what is the role of a preacher then? they are tasked for public information in God's words, they are expected to provide proper and accurate message, they are assigned to catch the interest of people listening behind their speech. A good preacher is a good speaker and motivator as well. Same goes to teaching, a good teacher is a motivator too. Hopefully, Sunday preachers would generate and apply teaching strategies as part on their homily and used guidelines as what the teacher carefully observed and followed during classroom discussion.
• St. Peters, Missouri
26 Nov 12
Yes! Although their information is different than a schoolteacher, their purpose is the same. They are trying to educate about the Word of God and the application to our daily life. A presenter, of any type, needs to motivate if they want results. Hey, they should call us. LOL
• Philippines
26 Nov 12
hehe maybe ma'am but we need first to study BS Theology. We can actually shared our fundamental methods and strategies to them wherein, they would be able to incorporate the same through their teaching in the words of God.
@grace147 (223)
• Philippines
25 Nov 12
This is indeed a sad reality GilMegans, where majority of us are more interested to pay attention and follow the life of our showbiz idol than listen or follow the word of God. In my opinion, we are human being with high curiosity level which is highly associated with interest. Showbiz media are very good in delivering informations in an interesting way - rumors or not - but it captivates the curiosity of the man. On the spreading and explanation of the word of God through Homily, I think the spiritual congregation has to strengthen the way or manner in sharing the word of God. Per experience, other homily is out of the topic from the gospel and talks more on politics, others too doesnt sound interesting in sharing the life of Christ - dull in delivering the message. As such people can not comprehend nor appreciate the message it intends to convey. I think the important factor in order to get the attention of the people is in the hands of the deliverer or speaker for they play a vital role in spreading the good news to mankind.
• Philippines
26 Nov 12
Thank you very much for sharing your brilliant ideas M'am grace147. Well, for my own assessment relative to above issue, it's not that some people felt boring in hearing homily by a priest, preacher or pastor because of the way and form of deliberation in the thought of the message, but it is actually the mindset of people not to engage more time and interest to the word of God that has been offered to them. It's maybe this is the reality of life wherein people will come up to the point that they will refuse to accept openly the word of God in their hearts because of other personal priorities. This maybe a TEST to us? on how we certainly drive our spiritual commitment to our creator. Worldly things however are truly the mere reason why people committed sin, why people give more time and attention to their lust, and why people getting more tedious to serve and Holy thy name of our Lord God. Now, i think it is the high time for us to reconcile everything we've done which is deficient to the eyes of God and pay forward to revive ourselves into the name of the Lord. Amen...
@robspeakman (1705)
24 Nov 12
You post and imply that there are only two options - I have no interest in either of the selections you speak of. The World is bigger than no mark celebrities and religion. I could say why be interested in Priest Homily when there are people killing each other in senseless wars or dying from lack of food and medicines... Are you not selfish and insulated also?
• Philippines
24 Nov 12
Hi robspeakman thank you for your opinion, I think i need to put further clarification relative to above discussion. I'm not saying that we have only two options in this world as you've mentioned, and i vehemently denying also your question that i am selfish and insulated. Now therefore, i invite your direct attention to the issue, what is the relevant of priest homily about the word of God? how this will be directing the mind and attention of people? In your example given, it that you got no interested because of insurgency and many heinous crimes outside including shortage of food and medicines. the very focal point here is, to whom we ask refuge when times like this occurs? to whom we run and ask guidance and protection? to whom we trust and expect miracles?.."to a doctor?, to the government itself? to whom?" of course we surrender our self to our God our creator. He will never leave nor forsaken us if we have faith. That is why my discussion specifically referred to why most of people get interested of any worldly activities rather than hearing the word of God. Try to make sense robspeakman and identify carefully which is which are necessary to people...thanks you then...
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
24 Nov 12
Yes, I also noticed that.I do not know in the other country but in here there are a lot of gossipers. I mean where ever we go, there are gossips around, even in the offices. They are very fond in talking about other's lives without knowing its irrelevance with their own sake and in their lives itself. I am not hypocrite.Sometimes I do that also, being active in knowing our celebrities'condition but I see to it that God still comes first.
• Philippines
24 Nov 12
Appreciate your views kokomo. Gossip, rumors, idle talked and hearsay are unethcial common attitudes of people in the society and it seems like a contagious disease that slowly affecting the minds of people. In real world, they are people who get their kicks by tormenting someone else's life. They spend most of their time in gossiping other people and watch over things and events in other's life. But i am pretty sure if these kind of people will detour their route to church and listen to the words of God, there's a big possibility that this viral disease will be rectified. No one was given the authority to judged people but only God has the absolute right to do the same.
@gunsing (142)
• Indonesia
24 Nov 12
"showbiz issues", perhaps in my country, it is what they call "infotainment", TV show about news on celebrity. I asked my wife several times why she likes that kind of show. she said "If I don't follow the news, then I feel like a donkey in the middle of my friends" so it's kind of "necessity" for them to get along.
• Philippines
24 Nov 12
Thank you for your response gunsing. Yes that's correct it's a TV show which forecast newest issues about the life and events of different TV personalities and other celebrity. Basically, news and current events about what happened in the world is seemingly public information but it doesn't mean that our attention were solely focused on such particular TV shows and disregard the words of God. Social media could be important but it's not a "necessity". The word "necessity" is more fits and applicable to the word of God. The teaching written in the Holy Book is the food supplement of our soul and nothing more.
@kokomo (1868)
• Philippines
24 Nov 12
Yes, I also noticed that.I do not know in the other country but in here there are a lot of gossipers. I mean where ever we go, there are gossips around, even in the offices. They are very fond in talking about other's lives without knowing its irrelevance with their own sake and in their lives itself. I am not hypocrite.Sometimes I do that also, being active in knowing our celebrities'condition but I see to it that God still comes first.