Some Catholic celebrities like to challenge the Catholics that complained that they're not being fed.
The reality is those Catholics who are complaining they're not being fed for a generation are darned right.
One of these celebrities said it's not so much about the sermon but about worshiping God in the mass.
I couldn't disagree more. The mass is not merely about us proactively worshiping God. It is absolutely also about us receiving salvation from God first and foremost the very words of God himself which is Jesus Christ in the readings and sermons, and then the very spiritual food that is able to strengthen our will to do the will of God. These things are received not given. How can we worship God if we do not have the means to worship God by having his life in our will and having his truths in our intellect?
And therefore for the last generation, precisely because the vast majority of the bishops and priests did not agree with the teaching on unnatural birth control, they kept their mouth shut about the sexual teachings of the church and just preached effeminate fluff for a generation, so that we now have an entire generation of Catholics who know very little about the doctrines of the faith let alone that they shouldn't be committing the sexual sins.
As Father Corapi said, who is a far and greater preacher than most of the priests on tv, regardless of having fallen or not, what you get out of the Eucharist is only what you are prepared to get out of it. Hence. if you don't know the faith hardly at all and the sermon doesn't tell you what the scriptures mean, the catechesis behind them, and how to apply them to your life, the Eucharist is going to do very little for you. In fact, if priests and bishops do not preach catechetically deep and meaningful sermons on a regular basis then the faithful have little or no knowledge of God and who He is and how can they worship the God they don't hardly know in their minds and hearts?
Therefore being given Eucharist with weak and little knowledge because of a lifetime of soft sermons, is like having the millennium falcon all powered up with the hyperdrive ready to go but no Hans Solo to fly it, not knowing where you're going, and how to navigate to avoid the evil empire on every corner.
And so it is like Tommy Shaw when he says, I go out cruising with no place to go and all day to get there. Sorry but our faith is the exact opposite of that styx song: Our life is not a random cruise. It is does not have nowhere to go. It is a serious journey towards a definite just destination. And we do not have all day to get there. We have a short life and we can stop accidentally.
But life of the Eucharist with weak substanceless sermons can be just like that. A powerful Lamborghini, but we've got nowhere to go and all day to get there, and we know exactly where that leads. So sorry, sermons matter just as much as a the Eucharist.