Homilies

A list of homilies delivered by Bishop Paul Swain.


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 […]

TV Mass Homily 02/03/2017

“All spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came out of his mouth.” So the people of Nazareth first responded to Jesus in his hometown synagogue. Then suddenly they turned on him. “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” They even tried to throw him off the hill. Why this sudden […]

TV Mass Homily 01/27/2019

“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad,” the psalmist sang. One of the wisest founders of the United States Benjamin Franklin wrote, “The morning hour has gold in its hand.” It was a way of saying that this day the Lord has made is a gift to […]

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 […]