TV Mass Homily

The Sunday TV Mass homilies from Bishop Swain.

TV Mass Homily 12/10/2017

“Prepare the way of the Lord.” With those words, the evangelist Mark introduces us to John the Baptist. Historians tell us that soldiers would be sent out to prepare the people for the arrival of their secular king. That is the mission of John the Baptist in a spiritual way, to get people’s attention, encouraging […]

TV Mass Homily 12/3/2017

“Be watchful. Be alert. You do not know when the time will come.” It is interesting that this Gospel reading is proclaimed on the first Sunday in Advent as we prepare for Christmas. We know when Christmas day will come which tends to be our focus every December. Jesus of course was not talking about […]

TV Mass Homily 11/26/2017

Today the Church culminates all the seasons of the year – Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time – with an exclamation point: Jesus Christ is King of the Universe.  It is a declaration of hope and of promise. This feast was added to the Church calendar in 1925 to counter the atheism, nationalism, materialism […]

TV Mass Homily 11/19/2017

What do you want out of life? What do we all want? Today’s gospel reading challenges us to think about it. Where does our culture suggest fulfillment can be found: in material stuff, in pleasure, in financial security, in popularity or power. I must admit there was a time when I bought into all of […]

TV Mass Homily 11/12/2017

“Stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour,” Jesus warns. As the church year winds down and fall turns toward winter, our readings these next several weeks focus on the end times. Be ready we are advised, be prepared, be wise. The parable of the ten virgins is one that clearly points […]

TV Mass Homily 10/29/2017

We welcome knights and ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre as we acknowledge Our Lady, Queen of Palestine and of the Holy Land. It is important that we raise up Christians in the Holy Land who have and are continuing to be persecuted for our faith both physically and economically, the result […]

TV Mass Homily 10/15/2017

Jesus makes clear the stark truth in this parable: many are invited, few are chosen. God invites, we choose whether to accept the invitation. In this parable of the king’s wedding feast, some refused the invitation, some ignored it, some reacted with hostility, some came unprepared, and some were ready. So it is with the […]

TV Mass Homily 10/08/2017

St. Paul urges us to “have no anxiety at all.” That’s a bit hard with all that is going on in our world – destructive weather, violence and shootings, terror and civil discord. Our hearts go out to all those hurting and all who worry about them. We pray in a special for those affected […]

TV Mass homily 10/01/2017

“The Lord’s way is not fair,” so the prophet Ezekiel in our first reading describes the view of the people of his day. When we have no satisfactory answer to natural or physical happenings we too may wonder about God’s way. But this reading is not about the weather or physical health. It is about […]

TV Mass Homily 09/24/2017

Once again we offer our prayers and support for all those innocently caught in the harshness of natural calamities especially from hurricanes and earthquakes, violence and injustice. While the news reports on large numbers of persons affected, the truth is that the impact is one by one, one person and one family whose lives are […]