On this first Advent Sunday, our readings direct us to the Lord’s Second Coming, not His first. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 21:25-28, 34-36) We must know the context of our Gospel reading today to truly understand its meaning. Earlier in the chapter (see Lk 21:20-24), Jesus describes for His disciples a catastrophic […]Read more "First Sunday of Advent, Year C—November 29, 2015"
Today, we celebrate the truth that, even now, Christ reigns as King over all the earth. But what kind of kingdom is it? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 18:33b-37) On this final Sunday of our liturgical year, the Church gives us St. John’s account of Jesus before Pilate to help us understand the kingdom […]Read more "The Solemnity of Christ the King, Year B—November 22, 2015"
Today, Jesus describes a cataclysmic future event in a very old way. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 13:24-32) To understand today’s reading, we must set it within its context in St. Mark’s Gospel. In Mk 13:1-2, we see that as Jesus and His disciples left the Temple one day, one of His disciples […]Read more "Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time—November 15, 2015"
Jesus gives the disciples a lesson in true religion; the example He uses must have surprised them. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 12:38-44) Jesus often warned His disciples of the dangers of false, empty religion. His strongest words of condemnation in the Gospels are always directed to those who make a showy pious flourish […]Read more "Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time—November 8, 2015"
It has been said that the saints are God’s most beautiful works of art in human flesh and blood. Our readings today tell us why that is true. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 5:1-12a) On the day when the Church calls us to remember the long, continuous line of saints who have lived in […]Read more "Solemnity of All Saints, Year B—November 1, 2015"
A blind man insists on crying out to Jesus, getting on everyone’s nerves. How was his vision better than theirs? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 10:46-52) As Jesus, His disciples, and “a sizeable crowd” were leaving Jericho (a city about 17 miles northeast of Jerusalem), they encountered a blind beggar, Bartimaeus, sitting by the […]Read more "Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—October 25, 2015"
Two disciples from Jesus’ inner circle make a request that irritates the others but allows Him to reveal one of His kingdom’s greatest mysteries. What is it? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 10:35-45) St. Mark tells us about a bold moment when James and John (two of Jesus’ closest friends, the other being Peter) […]Read more "Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—October 18, 2015"
Today, a man runs to Jesus and seeks an answer to life’s deepest question. Yet this did not end well. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 10:17-30) St. Mark describes for us an unforgettable exchange Jesus had with a man who earnestly seeks Him out. The man “ran” up to Him and “knelt down […]Read more "Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—October 11, 2015"
The Pharisees ask Jesus a question about divorce. Why did He answer their question with one of His own? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 10:2-16) In Mk 10:1, we read that Jesus “went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to Him again.” This tells us that Jesus left […]Read more "Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—October 4, 2015"
Today, Jesus teaches us about two kinds of separation from Him. The contrast between them couldn’t be starker. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48) St. Mark tells us about an episode in which someone who was not part of the entourage of Jesus’ disciples was “driving out demons” in His Name. St. […]Read more "Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—September 27, 2015"