The Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time at Saint Peter the Apostle & Saint William Parishes in Naples, FL

The Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
18 November 2018 at St. Peter the Apostle & St. William Churches in Naples, Fl
Daniel 12, 1-3 + Psalm 16 + Hebrews 10, 11-14, 18 + Mark 14, 24-32

If you wanted to summarize this Gospel today in one word, it would not be hard to know which word, Beware. It is a sober and stern warning not just to the apostles. Mark tells us that Jesus spoke “to the crowds.” That would be us. Because we believe that the Gospels are alive and that through them Jesus still speaks, we might well pay attention to this warning.

Historically as this incident was remembered and recorded, Jesus was speaking about scribes who were out to impress people by their dress, their behavior, and in a sense, by “throwing their weight around.” The scribes of that time were the celebrities of their day, and while we have no scribes today, we are not short of celebrities. … more »

The Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time at St Peter & St William Churches in Naples, FL

The Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
11 November 2018 at St. Peter the Apostle & St. William Churches in Naples, Fl
1 Kings 17, 10-16 + Psalm 146 + Hebrews 9, 24-28 + Mark 12, 38-44

Today, Mark says that Jesus draws his disciples to himself. Something really important is about to be shared. Something is about to revealed that they must not miss. What we get here is another example of what I like to call, “divine logic” which turns human logic upside down. The apostles had been raised and believed that people who had a lot of things and a lot of money were the blessed and favored by God. Those who were poor and lived on the margins of society had somehow sinned and brought this all on themselves. … more »

The Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time at St. Peter and St. William Churches in Naples, FL

The Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
4 November 2018 at St. Peter the Apostle & St. William Churches in Naples, Fl
Deuteronomy 6, 2-6 + Psalm 18 + Hebrews 7, 23-28 + Mark 12, 28-34

Every now and then I have to tell myself that I am living in a remarkable, unique and special time in human history. I do that to keep from getting negative and discouraged. I convince myself that I am witnessing and living in an age that will fascinate historians for a long time. So, I keep on going through terrible times in our church, and troubling and divisive times in our nation. Then election time rolls around, and I am relieved because in two more days I’ll be able to watch TV again without all those assaulting and insulting political commercials. … more »