Why do we dwell within our protective shells, safe from what might harm us but certainly not fully open to what lies beyond?
The homily should be part of an active relationship between preacher and parish. None of us, speaking or listening, should stop trying to improve the experience.
If you feel a longing for God, take heart. You are alert and ready to receive the bridegroom. If you were not, his absence would not burn.
This is the theological virtue we call hope: remaining open to what will come, to whatever God determines. And what that might be, we truly do not know, no matter how certain we might think that we are.