This March I’ve been enormously blessed to be on the “Faith and Fun in the Holy Land” pilgrimage with Lino Rulli from SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel (ch. 129), his producer Tyler, and a fun group of listeners. Here is my first homily given during the trip, at the church above The House of Peter in Capernaum.

Readings: Exodus 16.2-4,12-15; Psalm 78; John 6.51-59

The readings were specially given for this location, which is just across from the synagogue where Jesus gave his famous “Bread of life” discourse. Of note (and I mention this in the homily), the church has permission to add a word into the gospel, which was capitalized and bolded in the text: “These things he said while teaching in THIS synagogue in Capernaum.” A number of churches in the Holy Land do this, and it is quite powerful to read it there!

The House of Peter in Capernaum. The church is build over top of the archaeological site.