Homilies

A list of homilies delivered by Bishop Paul Swain.


TV Mass Homily 09/16/2018

‘Who do others say that I am’ Jesus asked the disciples. They responded some say John the Baptist, or Elijah or one of the prophets. If Jesus had been John the Baptist he would have been limited as an instructor in moral living, as Elijah only a mystical leader though close to God, and as […]

Sunday TV Mass 09/16/2018

‘Who do others say that I am’ Jesus asked the disciples. They responded some say John the Baptist, or Elijah or one of the prophets. If Jesus had been John the Baptist he would have been limited as an instructor in moral living, as Elijah only a mystical leader though close to God, and as […]

Sunday TV Mass 09/02/2018

That’s quite a list of evil things Jesus identifies as coming from within. It reads like a script for a soap opera or one of the reality shows. In fact, though, today’s readings reflect the human condition, the challenge we face in keeping focused on our relationship with God and on our call to holiness. […]

TV Mass Homily 08/26/2018

“Do you also want to leave?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Many of their friends had wandered away because they could not accept his hard teaching on the Holy Eucharist. I suspect that those who wandered away also found his teachings on moral living hard to accept since he was challenging them to a higher standard […]

TV Mass Homily 08/19/2018

“Forsake foolishness that you may live”, our first reading advises. St. Paul in the 2nd reading cautions, “Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons, but as wise, making the most of the opportunity because the days are evil.” It is interesting that these two readings both use the term foolish, not a common […]

TV Mass Homily 08/12/2018

St Paul urges us to be “imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.” What a beautiful description of Christian discipleship. Do we offer a fragrant aroma of Chris’s love to those we […]

TV Mass Homily 08/05/2018

These next several weeks our Gospel readings will be from what is called The Bread of Life discourse of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of John. The words of Jesus can seem a bit obscure; yet Jesus as the Bread of Life is core to who we are and whose we can become as […]

TV Mass Homily 07/29/2018

One commentator suggested that in today’s Gospel reading there are two miracles; one is Jesus feeding of the people, the other is the generosity of the boy. Picture that scene. There are over 5,000 men, if that does not include women and children likely many more people, out in the countryside, hungry and probably getting […]

TV Mass Homily 07/15/2018

Jesus sent out the twelve Apostles two by two to share the Good News of Christ among us. He told them to take nothing with them but a walking stick and sandals, no food, no backpack, no money, no extra clothes, no cellphone. I suspect he did this to underscore the immediacy of their ministry […]