A man wants Jesus to settle a family squabble but finds his problem is much bigger than getting his share of an inheritance. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 12:13-21) It’s always a little surprising to see someone in a Gospel story tell Jesus what to do (see also Lk 10:40). Here, a man calls […]Read more "Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—July 31, 2016"
When Jesus’ disciples ask Him to teach them to pray, He gives them much more than simply words to say. How? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 11:1-13) St. Luke tells us that once, as Jesus’ disciples observed Him at prayer, one of them asked Him to teach them to pray, too. The setting here […]Read more "Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year C—July 24, 2016"
Today, Jesus visits the home of two sisters and causes an upheaval. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 10:38-42) St. Luke tells us of a visit Jesus made to a village where “a woman whose name was Martha welcomed Him.” It must have been a comfort to Jesus to receive a welcome like this. […]Read more "Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—July 17, 2016"
A scholar approaches Jesus to test Him with a legal question; Jesus answers with a question Himself. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 10:25-37) Today we are reading a very well-known portion of St. Luke’s Gospel—the parable of the Good Samaritan. It is fascinating to watch the progression of this episode. It begins with […]Read more "Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—July 10, 2016"
Jesus sends out seventy-two disciples on a missionary journey, granting them significant spiritual authority. Wasn’t that risky? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 10:1-12, 17-20) As Jesus traveled to Jerusalem from Galilee for the last time, St. Luke tells us He commissioned seventy-two disciples “whom He sent ahead of Him in pairs to every town […]Read more "Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—July 3, 2016"
Today, Jesus surprises us by being merciful to those who resist Him and harsh with those who don’t. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 9:51-62) St. Luke tells us “when the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, He resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem.” Other translations use the phrase, “set His face,” […]Read more "Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—June 26, 2016"
Jesus’ disciples tell Him that the crowds who followed Him were confused about His identify, but was their own understanding much better? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 9:18-24) St. Luke writes about a conversation Jesus had with the disciples that began with a question He put to them. St. Matthew gives us a longer […]Read more "Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—June 19, 2016"
Jesus attends a dinner party; it turns into a lesson about forgiveness. How? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 7:36-8:3) St. Luke includes in his Gospel several references to Jesus dining with Pharisees (see Lk 11:37; 14:1). On this occasion, there was a party crasher. “A sinful woman in the city learned that [Jesus] was […]Read more "Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—June 12, 2016"
A weeping widow tells us a profound story. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 7:11-17) The message left on the phone was terse and professionally uninformative: “This is Chandler Regional Hospital. Your son is here. You will need to come over.” Another message right after it, from my son’s roommate, gave me a few more […]Read more "Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—June 5, 2016"
Today, we celebrate Jesus’ gift of His Body and Blood in the Eucharist to His Church and the world. Yet our Gospel takes us back to the feeding of the five thousand. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 9:11b-17) On this solemnity of Corpus Christi, we might expect our Gospel to be an account […]Read more "The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year C—May 29, 2016"