On this Sunday, the Church calls us to rejoice, even though our waiting and preparation aren’t over yet. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 1:6-8, 19-28) Today we have another description of the work of John the Baptist before the public appearance of Jesus at the Jordan River. In addition to calling the people […]Read more "Third Sunday in Advent, Year B—December 17, 2017"
In Advent, if we ask how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus in this new liturgical year, today’s readings are loaded with answers. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 1:1-8) At the beginning of St. Mark’s Gospel, he announces that Isaiah’s centuries-old prophecy of one who will prepare the way for the coming […]Read more "Second Sunday of Advent, Year B—December 10, 2017"
The Gospel reading sounds the call of Advent: Be watchful! How? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 13:33-37) Our very first Gospel in this new season of Advent puts into our ears Jesus’ own words to prepare us for it: “Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Be watchful! Be alert!’” He then tells them how to […]Read more "First Sunday of Advent, Year B—December 3, 2017"
Today, Jesus turns from parable to prophecy. How have the parables prepared us for this prophecy? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 25:31-46) On this Feast of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar, the Church gives us a Gospel reading that looks back and looks ahead (something we often routinely do […]Read more "Feast of Christ the King, Year A—November 26, 2017"
Jesus tells a parable about what His followers should be doing while they await His return. Can we find ourselves in it? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 25:14-30) From its context in St. Matthew’s Gospel, we know that today’s parable touches again on being prepared for the arrival of someone who has been gone […]Read more "Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—November 19, 2017"
By Gayle Somers Jesus tells a parable to explain that the coming of God’s kingdom will separate the wise from the foolish. What will bring that moment of truth? Gospel (Read Mt 25:1-13) Today’s parable about wise and foolish virgins presumes understanding of a Jewish wedding custom of Jesus’ day. The betrothed bride and her […]Read more "Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—November 12, 2017"
By Gayle Somers Today, Jesus denounces the Pharisees and scribes as outrageous hypocrites, yet He tells His disciples to do whatever they say. Why? Gospel (Read Mt 23:1-12) In the many parables He taught, Jesus gave His enemies, the religious elites of Jerusalem, ample opportunities to recognize Him as their Messiah and be converted. Their […]Read more "Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—November 5, 2017"
Today, a Pharisee tries to test Jesus. Even though he was a legal scholar, his question reveals a stunning ignorance. How? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 22:34-40) Jesus stirred up animosity against Himself among religious leaders by teaching several pointed parables about the kingdom of Heaven. In our reading today, a Pharisee, “a scholar […]Read more "Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A–October 29, 2017"
Jesus’ enemies try to set a trap for Him. A coin buys Him freedom from it. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 22:15-21) For the last several weeks, our Gospel readings have shown us that Jesus used parables to help the religious elites of Jerusalem hear a call to believe in Him as their Messiah. […]Read more "Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A–October 22, 2017"
In a parable, Jesus describes a great wedding feast. Those who get invitations would be wise to ask: “What should I wear?” By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 22:1-14) In the last of three parables in this portion of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus continues to describe the kingdom of God for “the chief priests and elders.” […]Read more "Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—October 15, 2017"