Homilies

A list of homilies delivered by Bishop Paul Swain.


TV Mass Homily 05/12/2019

This is Good Shepherd Sunday. What image comes to mind when you think of a shepherd; probably a pleasant one. Green pastures, gentle breezes, sheep grazing peacefully on the hillside; or shepherds kneeling at the manger before the baby Jesus. The fact is that the life of a shepherd was hardly comfortable or easy, and […]

TV Mass Homily 04/28/2019

Happy Easter. He is risen! Saint John Paul II declared the 2nd Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. This weekend the Church encourages us to trust in the love and mercy of Jesus. Trust in God is the antidote to fear, to doubt, to worry and to loneliness because God’s mercy is unlimited. In […]

TV Mass Homily 04/14/2019

Thank you for praying with us this Psalm and Passion Sunday. It begins with a joyful procession welcoming our Lord and ends with the closed tomb. Next Sunday when we celebrate Easter that joy will return multiplied. The Passion of our Lord just proclaimed which is from the Gospel of Luke this year should be […]

TV Mass Homily 04/07/2019

When I was growing up there was a retort: ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.’ I remember defending myself with it after being called a shrimp for being short and four eyes for wearing glasses. The fact is that the statement is not really true. Names can hurt. […]

TV Mass Homily 03/31/2019

Today is Laetare Sunday, Rejoice Sunday. In anticipation of the joy of Easter and Christ’s victory over sin and death, we wear rose vestments, a sign of life. Yet Lent is not yet over and the penitential call to conversion continues in our readings. Their joyful theme is God’s invitation to forgiveness to which we […]

TV Mass Homily 03/24/2019

There is reassurance in the truth of our psalm response: ‘the Lord is kind and merciful.’ That reassurance ought to encourage us as we continue our Lenten journey to live more fruitful lives. The fruits we ought to seek are those twelve fruits of the Holy Spirits: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, […]

TV Mass Homily 03/03/2019

Have you ever said something and then regretted it, been embarrassed even ashamed? I have. As the founding father Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘From the slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.’ On the other hand has someone ever said something to you […]

TV Mass Homily 02/24/2019

This Gospel from the Sermon on the Plain and its message are just that – plain, direct, clear. ‘Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you; bless those who curse you; pray for those who mistreat you; turn the other cheek; be merciful, stop judging, give, forgive. Do to others as you would […]

TV Mass Homily 02/17/2019

Blunt is the word that comes to mind to describe today’s readings. The Lord through the prophet Jeremiah declares, “Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.” St. Paul writes the Corinthians, “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are the […]