A Pray Tell reader writes:
Is it good liturgical practice to have, before the readings at Mass, long explanations of what the reading is about? Here, too often, they give these long explanations, and what it seems to me to amount to, is this: “You people are so stupid that you’ll never be able to figure out what the reading means, so now, boys and girls, we’re going to tell you – at excruciating length – what it means.” That really puts me off. But maybe I’m over-reacting. Maybe there are good, persuasive reasons for doing it.
For reference, no. 15 of the 1981 Lectionary for Mass say this:
There may be concise introductions before the readings, especially the first. The style proper to such comments must be respected, that is, they must be simple, faithful to the text, brief, well prepared, and properly varied to suit the text they introduce.
What do you think? Should such (optional) introductions be done? If so, how?