Etymology of Homily

Ran across this while reading Bishop Sheen’s book World’s First Love.

Comes from the Greek word homilia which can mean “intercourse, companionship, company, conversation, association” and is used in New Testament Greek in 1 Corinthians 15:33.

Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals.

St. Paul is quoting from a play called Thais (a woman of power around 330 BC) written by the Greek dramatist Menander. from The Didache Bible

See Caffeine for the Masses blog post for more information and the posts thoughts on why St. Paul used this line from the play.


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