In Jericho, a man climbs a tree seeking Jesus, but who is seeking whom? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 19:1-10) St. Luke tells us that as Jesus was passing through Jericho, He encountered a man, Zaccheus, who was a “chief tax collector and also a wealthy man.” We know that religious Jews despised tax […]Read more "Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 30, 2016"
Today, Jesus tells a story about two men praying in the Temple; one is seriously religious, the other a serious sinner. What can they teach us? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 18:9-14) St. Luke, in reporting one of Jesus’ parables, explains its meaning before we actually read it: “Jesus addressed this parable to those […]Read more "Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 23, 2016"
Today, after Jesus tells His disciples a parable about prayer, He asks one of the most haunting questions ever to leave His lips. What was it? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 18:1-8) As Jesus continued His journey toward Jerusalem and the fulfillment of His earthly mission, St. Luke tells us He wanted His disciples […]Read more "Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 16, 2016"
Today, we meet a Samaritan leper—an outsider among outsiders. What can he teach us? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 17:11-19) St. Luke tells us that as Jesus continued “His journey to Jerusalem, He traveled through Samaria and Galilee.” He was apparently well-known in this region, because “as He was entering a village, ten lepers […]Read more "Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 9, 2016"
Today, the apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith. More faith sounds like a reasonable request. Jesus doesn’t think so. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 17:5-10) What prompted the apostles to ask Jesus to increase their faith in today’s reading? In the verses preceding ours, Jesus had been talking about forgiveness: “Take heed […]Read more "Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 2, 2016"
Last Sunday’s Gospel ended with a warning from Jesus: “You cannot serve both God and mammon.” Today we read about a man who thought he could. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 16:19-31) St. Luke told us in last Sunday’s reading that Jesus had some bracing words to say about money to the Pharisees who […]Read more "Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—September 25, 2016"
In speaking to a large crowd gathered to hear Him, Jesus starts talking about money. How uncomfortable. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 16:1-13) In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells a parable in which a slightly sleazy steward becomes the hero of the story. Very odd! We must place this parable in its context in order […]Read more "Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time—September 18, 2016"
The religious elites of Jesus’ day complained because He ate with sinners. He is still doing that in the Mass. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 15:1-32) St. Luke tells us “tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus.” In Jewish society, these people were outcasts. The tax collectors were […]Read more "Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—September 11, 2016"
In today’s Gospel, “great crowds were traveling with Jesus.” He turns to the crowd and delivers a stiff warning. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 14:25-33) The Gospels often remind us of the sizable crowds that followed Jesus everywhere He went (see Mt 5:1; Mk 1:45; Jn 6:10). We always equate large crowds following […]Read more "Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—September 4, 2016"
At a dinner party, Jesus turns the rules for banqueting and table etiquette on their heads. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 14:1, 7-14) “On a Sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing Him carefully.” In just one sentence, St. Luke […]Read more "Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—August 28, 2016"