If someone asked us who preached at the mass, we would probably respond, “the pastor.” That’s only half right: it’s really the pastor with the congregation. Why? Well, people listen with varying degrees of openness. Openness to the homilist is as important as the homily itself. If we are closed-minded, even partially, we will hear the homily one way. If we are totally open, we will hear the homily in another way. Don’t believe it? Recall a homily that moved you deeply. The real power behind a homilist’s words is the Holy Spirit.