The First Sunday of Advent at St Peter Church in Naples, FL

Saint Peter the Apostle Parish in Naples, FL.    Jeremiah 33, 14-16 X Psalm 25 X 1 Thessalonians 3, 12-4, 2 X Luke 21, 25-28, 34-36

When we put aside all of the apocalyptic language and images in this text which can so distract us, we are left with three simple and direct statements from the mouth of Jesus that carries the message of Luke’s twenty-first chapter: “your redemption is at hand”, “be vigilant”, and “pray”.

There has never been a time in human history without danger and a cause for fear. In our own life-time we have lived through all sorts of threats and dangers. As a child I remember Oklahoma tornados. Some of you grew up with hurricanes, and some with earthquakes. … more »

The 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time and Feast of Christ the King at St Peter Church in Naples, FL

November 22, 2015 at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Naples, FL

Daniel 7, 13-14 + Psalm 93 + Revelation 1, 5-8 + John 18, 33-37

There is something very political about this feast. The very establishment of this feast in history was a political statement. Yet there are some who rant and rave at courageous preachers saying that they are talking “politics” rather than “religion” from their pulpits, and that accusation always makes me wonder what those people are thinking on this feast that summarizes all we have heard from the Gospels for the last year. Calling Jesus a King is a political statement. Pilate certainly knew that, and if Jesus is a King, this is problematic not just for Pilate, but for us as well. … more »

Maronite Rite Sunday of the Renewal of the Church at St George Maronite Church in Uniontown, PA

Sunday of the Renewal of the Church   Saint George Maronite Catholic Church in Uniontown, PA

November 8, 2015   John 10, 22-42

A man decided his wife was getting hard of hearing. So he called her doctor to make an appointment to have her hearing checked. The doctor said he could see her in two weeks, but meanwhile there was a simple, informal test the husband could do to give the doctor some idea of the dimensions of the problem.

“Here’s what you do,” he said. “Stand about 40 feet away from her, and speak in a normal conversational tone and see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response.”

That evening his wife is in the kitchen cooking dinner, and he’s in the living room, and he says to himself, “I’m about 40 feet away, let’s see what happens.”

“Honey, what’s for supper?” No response. … more »

The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time at St Peter the Apostle Church in Naples, FL

The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time   St Peter the Apostle Church in Naples, Fl

1 Kings 17, 10-16 + Psalm 146 + Hebrews 9, 24-28 + Mark 12, 38-44

There are two points of focus in the text of today’s Gospel. We are easily drawn toward the widow either in admiration or out of our usual concern for the “underdog”, so to speak. She is the poor one who stirs us with both pity and admiration. It’s easy to preach about her, I can assure you. Her behavior is admirable, and we are naturally drawn toward the generosity she expresses so humbly. However, this text is not only about her. She just happens to pass by while Jesus is speaking to the Scribes. … more »

The 31st Sunday of the Year and the Feast of All Saints at St Peter the Apostle Church in Naples, FL

The 31st Sunday of the year and The Feast of All Saints

St Peter the Apostle Church in Naples, FL

November 01, 2015

Revelation 7, 2-4, 9-14 + Psalm 24 + 1 John 3, 1-3 + Matthew 5, 1-12

Some years ago when I was pastor at a parish with a school, I dropped in one of the classrooms about this time of the year for a visit. They were all getting ready for the All Saints Day Mass when they paraded around dressed in costumes like the Saint they had chosen to study. So I asked the children what they thought someone had to do to become a saint. Before I had taken a breath after the question, little miss “knows all the answers” shot her hand up in the air lifting herself out of the desk announcing quite confidently that to be a saint you had to be dead. … more »