18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 1, 2021 at Saint Peter and Saint Agnes Churches in Naples, FL

Exodus 16, 2-4 + Psalm 78 + Ephesians 4, 17, 20-24 + Mark 6, 24-35

3:30 p.m. Saturday at Saint Peter the Apostle in Naples, FL

In this 6th chapter of John’s Gospel, we pick up the introduction to what we must call, “The Bread of Life” discourse. Much of what happens here is a dialogue between Jesus and the crowd, and at this point, the crowd is open and respectful. They call him, “Rabbi”, “Sir”, and “Master.” That will not last. They will be murmuring and turn against him next week. That crowd were chasing him around for more free food, and for the hope that he would finally rise up to be the Messiah they wanted, political and powerful. … more »

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 25, 2021 at Saint Peter, Saint William, & Saint Ann Churches in Naples, FL

Kings 4, 42-44 + Psalm 145 + Ephesians 4, 1-6 + John 6, 1-15

4:30pm Saturday at Saint William Church in Naples,FL

For the next five weeks, until mid-August, we set aside the Gospel of Mark and take up the Sixth Chapter of John’s Gospel. I encourage you to read and re-read that chapter often in the next several weeks. It’s only seventy-two verses. Less than ten minutes. It will help you move more deeply into the identity of Christ Jesus and draw you into the mystery of the Holy Eucharist which is John’s goal. The First Testament Readings during this time are accounts of extraordinary feedings that will open our hearts and minds to this Chapter of John’s Gospel in which Jesus gradually reveals his true identity and invites us into a life of union with him through Communion. … more »

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 18, 2021 at Saint Peter the Apostle Churche in Naples, FL

Jeremiah 23, 1-6 + Psalm 23 + Ephesians 2, 13-18 + Mark 6, 30-34

10:00 a.m. Sunday at Saint Peter the Apostle Church in Naples, FL

The disciples of Jesus are called apostles in the verses of today’s Gospel. It is the first and only time that this word appears in Mark’s Gospel. Knowing that fact ought to get our attention. Even though the word “disciple” and “apostle” are often used interchangeably, the words are different. The Greek word for “apostle” in English means one who is sent. That implies that there is some kind of commissioning. So, an apostle is someone authorized for a task with the authority of the sender. … more »

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 11, 2021 at Saint Peter and Saint William Churches in Naples, FL

Amos 7, 12-15 + Psalm 85 + Ephesians 1, 3-14 + Mark 6, 7-13

3:30 p.m. Mass St. Peter the Apostle Church in Naples, FL

Choice is a big deal these days, and a lot people seem to be very concerned about protecting their rights to choose. The consequent hysteria that this causes has led to a great deal of conflict. It seems to me that this fuss over choice is at the root of the abortion crises, the challenges over sexual identity, who may receive Communion, and perhaps even over voter’s rights, and countless other hot-button items that are driving us apart, making us unable to tolerate opinions that differ from our own, and turning ordinary decent people into fanatics who would choose to destroy another rather than understand and make a friend. … more »

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

July 4, 2021 at Saint Peter and Saint William Churches in Naples, FL

Ezekiel 2, 2-5 + Psalm 123+ 2 Corinthians 12, 7-10 + Mark 6, 1-6

4:30 p.m. Saturday at Saint William Catholic Church in Naples, FL

Telling the difference between good and evil is serious and difficult challenge to many of us. We have all been conditioned by artists and movies to think and expect evil to look terrible and frightening like monsters ugly and deformed becoming the stuff of nightmares. If that was really the case, we would all be safe since no one in their right mind would have anything to do with evil. But the truth is, evil is anything but frightening and ugly. It is, on the contrary, usually quite nice looking, polished, and attractive. … more »