TV Mass Homily

The Sunday TV Mass homilies from Bishop Swain.

TV Mass Homily 02/18/2018

Let us join in prayer for those victims, families and others touched by the horrendous school shooting in Florida this past week. May Our Lady as sorrowful mother console and walk with them. We are in the season of Lent when we are called to reflect on our lives and our behaviors, in preparation for […]

TV Mass Homily 02/11/2018

Cleanliness is next to godliness is the old saying. “If you wish, you can make me clean,” the leper who was an outcast from society beseeched Jesus. He was growing closer to God in that plea. Scholars tell us that the word “leprosy” in the 1st reading from Leviticus included not only the disease known […]

TV Mass Homili 02/04/2018

A preliminary note; The annual Catholic Family Sharing Appeal which supports diocesan ministries including the Mass seen on television and available on social media is beginning. I encourage you to review the brochure that families will soon receive in the mail or visit the diocesan website and then prayerfully consider how you might help our […]

TV Mass Homily 01/28/2018

“He taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes,” so was the reaction to Jesus once his public ministry began. The people were astonished. That is an interesting term the evangelist Mark chose. In googling the word ‘astonished’ the matches came back as: surprised, amazed, astounded, dumbfounded, flabbergasted, overwhelmed, dazed, shocked. He […]

TV Mass Homily 01/21/2018

“Repent and believe in the Gospel. The Kingdom of God is at hand.” These are the first words Jesus speaks in the Gospel of Mark. They capture the essence of what he is about and what he asks of us: Repent, believe in the Gospel, in Him and then follow him. Some may interpret these […]

TV Mass Homily 01/14/2018

“What are you looking for?” Jesus asked. It is a question we might ponder. The future disciples did not answer directly, probably because they did not know exactly. Yet they were searching for something more than the culture of the day offered and decided to check this Jesus out. My guess is that if we […]

TV Mass Homily 12/31/2017

The first Sunday after Christmas is raised up for the Feast of the Holy Family when we contemplate Jesus, Mary and Joseph as one. It is appropriate since the Christmas season is a time for families, personal, extended and spiritual. It also recognizes that stable families are essential for a stable society, which sadly is […]

TV Mass Homily 12/24/2017

The 4th of the candles on the Advent wreath has been lighted, but only briefly for the 4th Sunday in Advent is also Christmas eve day this year. As a result we miss out on the fullness of the 4th week Advent to prepare the way of the Lord in time, at the end of […]

Sunday TV Mass Homily 12/17/2017

“Rejoice in the Lord always, I say it again, rejoice” St Paul advises us. This third Sunday in Advent is called Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday drawing from those words of St. Paul. That uplifting message is not always well received in the midst of so many pre-Christmas activities and with the heaviness that is in […]

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 […]