In today’s Gospel, the disciples ask Jesus, “Why do You speak in parables?” Good question! By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 13:1-23) Our Gospel opens with a picturesque scene of Jesus sitting “by the sea” and drawing such a large crowd that He had to get into a boat and go offshore a bit so […]Read more "Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)—July 16, 2017"
In the Gospel, Jesus extends a paradoxical invitation: Take up a “yoke” to find rest. What did He mean? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 11:25-30) Today’s reading is best understood in its context within Matthew’s Gospel. In the preceding verses, Jesus upbraids some of the cities of Galilee for refusing to repent and believe […]Read more "Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)—July 9, 2017"
Today, Jesus gives the Twelve lessons in discipleship, both its costs and its blessings. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 10:37-42) In verses preceding today’s reading, Jesus perhaps startled His disciples with this warning: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace but a […]Read more "Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—July 2, 2017"
Today, Jesus tells His disciples that there is empty fear and worthy fear. How will they know the difference? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 10:26-33) The tenth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel begins with Jesus calling the Twelve apostles. Then, He sends them out to preach the Good News He’s going to teach them. He […]Read more "Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)—June 25, 2017"
A Scripture lesson by a mysterious Stranger on a dusty road prepares two disciples to recognize the Risen Jesus in the breaking of bread; what did they learn? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 24:13-35) Isn’t it interesting that when Jesus appeared to two “downcast” (Lk 24:17) disciples on Resurrection Day, He didn’t do the […]Read more "3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A—April 30, 2017"
Today’s Gospel describes an absence that confounds the disciples, preparing them for the Presence their hearts desire. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 20:1-9) On Palm Sunday, the narrative of our Lord’s Passion ended with these words: “So they [the chief priests and Pharisees] went and secured the tomb by fixing a seal to the […]Read more "Easter Sunday, Year A—April 16, 2017"
Palm Sunday’s Gospel is a drama that is at once both intensely human and profoundly supernatural—the mystery of Christ’s Passion. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 26:14-27:66) On Palm Sunday, Catholics all over the globe, in every nation and time zone, in public and sometimes in secret, stand at attention to hear the longest Gospel […]Read more "Palm Sunday, Year A—April 9, 2017"
In today’s Gospel, Jesus turns mourning into joy when He raises Lazarus from the dead. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 11:1-45) Today’s Gospel gives us a story about Jesus raising the dead to life, something He did on at least two other occasions (see Lk 7:11:17, Mk 5:21-23). This episode, however, is profoundly different […]Read more "Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A—April 2, 2017"
Today’s Gospel tells an engaging, sometimes humorous, story of a blind man who can see and men with vision who are blind. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 9:1-41) In the Gospel we are immediately introduced to a contrast that appears in all four lectionary readings: sight and blindness, darkness and light. There are layers […]Read more "Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A- March 26, 2017"
The story of the Samaritan woman at the well plants us deeply into the mystery of salvation—God’s great love for sinners. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 4:5-42) The story of the Samaritan woman at the well plants us deeply into the mystery of salvation—God’s great love for sinners. During Lent, we take special notice […]Read more "Third Sunday in Lent, Year A- March 19, 2017"