The Sermon on the Mount is full of bracing challenges for those who seek the kingdom of God. Today’s Gospel gives us perhaps the most difficult challenge of all. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 6:24-34) In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives His followers extended instruction about how life in the kingdom […]Read more "Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—February 26, 2017"
Jesus told His followers to “be perfect.” Is that even possible? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 5:38-48) In His extended teaching to His followers in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called them to a remarkable way of life. It is helpful to understand the historical context for this session on the mountain. In […]Read more "Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—February 19, 2014"
Jesus told the crowd listening to Him on a mountain that their righteousness must “surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees.” Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 5:17-37) In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave His followers extended, detailed instructions about life in the kingdom of God. He started with the Beatitudes, describing […]Read more "Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—February 12, 2017"
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus promised blessing on those willing to follow Him. But what did He want them to do with that blessing? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 5:13-16) St. Matthew tells us that as Jesus preached to a large crowd gathered on a mountain, He described for them the life […]Read more "Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—February 5, 2017"
Due to unforseen circumstances, there will be no post for this week. Normal posts will resume next week. We recommend you visit the St. Paul Center for a reflection by Scott Hahn. The reflection can be found here- https://stpaulcenter.com/reflections/the-blessed-path-scott-hahn-reflects-on-the-fourth-sunday-in-ordinary-timeRead more "Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A- January 29,2017"
“When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, He withdrew to Galilee.” Danger drove Jesus into a land that historically had known great danger and grave sorrow. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 4:12-23) St. Matthew tells us that when John the Baptist fell into Herod’s hands, Jesus decided to leave Jerusalem. Surely He […]Read more "Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—January 22, 2017"
As we return to Ordinary Time, our Gospel already begins preparing us for the next great seasons of the liturgical calendar—Lent and Easter. How? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 1:29-34) “John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world.’” We […]Read more "Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A- January 15, 2017"
In today’s Gospel, magi “from the east” ask, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?” Just by asking this question, they herald the New Light that has dawned on all men. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 2:1-12) Today, St. Matthew tells us that after Jesus’ birth, an event loaded with significance for the […]Read more "The Epiphany of the Lord—Sunday, January 8, 2017"
What was it like for Mary to be the Mother of God? Our Gospel reading gives some hints. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 2:16-21) Included in the Octave of Christmas is today’s solemnity, which gives us an opportunity to think about Mary’s participation in the Incarnation. We know, of course, that the description of […]Read more "Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God—January 1, 2017"
Dear Friends, It is not possible in this space to provide commentary on all the various Mass readings for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. May you all have a joyous celebration of the birth of our Lord. Commentary will resume for January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Merry Christmas! Gayle SomersRead more "Christmas 2016"