“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"
On this last Sunday of Advent, our Gospel calls us to reflect on Joseph, not Mary or Jesus. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 1:18-24) As our time of preparation and waiting in Advent draws to a close, we find ourselves listening to St. Matthew’s account of how Joseph became an important part of […]Read more "Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A—December 18, 2016"
Today is Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday. Our Gospel gives us John the Baptist in prison as our meditation. Isn’t that a bit downbeat? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 11:2-11) St. Matthew tells us that John the Baptist “heard in prison of the works of the Christ” in Galilee, undoubtedly from his own disciples. He sent […]Read more "Third Sunday in Advent, Year A—December 11, 2016"
John the Baptist prepared the Jews for the first Advent of Jesus by baptizing them at the Jordan River. Today, we find him yelling out, “You brood of vipers!” to some who came to see him. How indelicate! By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 3:1-12) Our Advent Gospel reminds us that repentance and the fruit […]Read more "Second Sunday of Advent, Year A—December 4, 2016"
On this first Sunday in the new liturgical year, Jesus warns His followers to “stay awake!” Why do we need to hear this today? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 24:37-44) St. Matthew records for us an extended conversation Jesus had with His disciples about “the coming of the Son of Man.” We know this […]Read more "First Sunday of Advent, Year A—November 27, 2016"
At Jesus’ Nativity, wise men asked, “Where is He Who has been born King of the Jews?” Herod wanted to kill Him. Thirty-three years later, the Jews finally acknowledged their King. How? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 23:35-43) Today, on the Feast of Christ the King, St. Luke describes a scene from Christ’s Crucifixion. […]Read more "Feast of Christ the King, Year C—November 20, 2016"