On the first Sunday in Lent, we find ourselves in the desert with Jesus and the devil. Why must our Lenten journey begin here? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 4:1-13) St. Luke tells us that after His baptism in the Jordan River, Jesus “was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, […]Read more "First Sunday of Lent, Year C—February 14, 2016"
Our readings make us wonder: Why does God pick the unworthy to do His work in the world? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 5:1-11) St. Luke tells us that one day, Jesus was teaching an enormous crowd of people by “the Lake of Gennasaret,” also called the Sea of Galilee. He saw two empty […]Read more "Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—February 7, 2016"
The people in Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown, wanted to kill Him after they heard Him speak in their synagogue. How did familiarity breed such contempt? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 4:21-30) St. Luke tells us that after Jesus read a Messianic prophecy from Isaiah in His hometown synagogue, He announced its fulfillment in the hearing […]Read more "Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—January 31, 2016"
Ever wonder what prompted the Evangelists to write their Gospels? Today we find out. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21) In the introduction to his Gospel, St. Luke gives us a rare peek into what prompted him “to compile a narrative of the events” that Jesus fulfilled in the Incarnation. Apparently, “many” others […]Read more "Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—January 24, 2016"
At the start of His public ministry, Jesus attended a wedding in Cana. Why was this the perfect setting for Him to work His first miraculous sign? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 2:1-11) St. John tells us that after Jesus called and assembled His disciples, “there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and […]Read more "The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—January 17, 2016"
At the Nativity, we celebrated Jesus’ birth in flesh and blood. Today, we celebrate a second “birth”—His and ours. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 3:15-16, 21-22) St. Luke tells us that John the Baptist raised many Messianic expectations when he preached a baptism of repentance at the Jordan River. Because of an Old Testament […]Read more "The Baptism of the Lord, Year C—January 10, 2016"
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, Year C—Sunday, January 3, 2016"
Today, the Church gives us an episode from Jesus’ early family life to ponder. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 2:41-52) After the profusion of Scriptures describing Jesus’ Nativity in this liturgical season of Christmas, we might be tempted to think we now know enough about His birth into a special family. However, today […]Read more "Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Year C—December 27, 2015"
On this last Sunday in Advent, we have a living example of how to best receive the Lord when He comes. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read ) Our Sunday Gospel readings in Advent have given us much instruction about how to prepare for the coming of the Lord. Jesus told us the importance of being […]Read more "Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year C—December 20, 2015"
“Rose” Sunday in Advent calls us to rejoice, even in a penitential season. Will our readings show us how? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 3:10-18) Traditionally, Catholics observe the third Sunday of Advent as “rose” Sunday, or “Gaudete” Sunday, which is Latin for “rejoice.” This is a beautiful reminder that although our preparation for […]Read more "Third Sunday in Advent, Year C—December 13, 2015"