A list of homilies delivered by Bishop Paul Swain.

TV Mass Homily 01/20/2019

Do you believe in miracles? The dictionary defines a miracle as a ”transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the deity or by the imposition of some invisible agent.” Nowadays miracles by the volition of the deity, by God, are viewed by many as absurd because God does not exist for […]

Sunday TV Mass 12/30/2018

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Our Gospel reading gives us a glimpse of the Holy Family as a very human family. Anyone who has cared for children can appreciate the fear, the anxiety Mary and Joseph must have felt on discovering that Jesus was not with […]

TV Mass Homily 12/23/2018

One of the special traditions of Christmas is to put lights in the window, a welcoming sign of Christ who is the Light of the world. In two days Christmas will be here. Whether the One who came and is to come is with us that festive day and the days that follow depends on […]

TV Mass Homily 12/16/2018

‘What should we do?’ The people asked John the Baptist. It is a question we often ask, especially in times of anxiety, uncertainty or fear. John the Baptist and St. Paul suggest answers. John the Baptist must have had a powerful presence because when he called those around him to account, many responded. He told […]

Sunday TV Mass Homily – December 2, 2018

With the Christmas holiday and holyday less than a month away, many will identify with the verse in today’s Gospel: “beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” Sadly the hubbub and expectations of our cultural […]

TV Mass Homily 11/25/2018

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. Every year I remember this humorous anecdote. Father George Fitzsimmons was pastor of Christ the King parish in Kansas City. The bishop called the parish one day. When the phone was answered the bishop asked: “is this Christ the King? “No,” came the response, “this is […]

TV Mass Homily 11/18/2018

As winter approaches and the Church liturgical year comes to an end next week, our readings raise the question of when will Christ come again to judge the living and the dead. This article of faith we will affirm in a few moments when we profess it in the recitation of the Creed. When it […]

TV Mass Homily 11/11/2018

One of the great blessings with living in the wide open spaces of the prairie is that we can observe birds soaring above us in their grandeur of God given freedom. The story is told of a man who trapped an eagle which he put it in a cage on display in his store hoping […]

TV Mass Homily 11/04/2018

We tend to be bottom line people. We want to cut through all the rules and regulations, the explanations and rhetoric and get to the point. What’s it going to cost? What does it really take – to lose weight, to be successful, to get to heaven?  The scribe asked Jesus which of all the […]

TV Mass Homily 10/28/2018

Today we welcome the Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. The last Sunday in October is set aside as the memorial of Our Lady of Palestine, Queen of Peace. We are called to seek the intercession of Our Lady for those Christians being persecuted, those refugees forced from […]