On this Sunday, the Church calls us to rejoice, even though our waiting and preparation aren’t over yet. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 1:6-8, 19-28) Today we have another description of the work of John the Baptist before the public appearance of Jesus at the Jordan River. In addition to calling the people […]Read more "Third Sunday in Advent, Year B—December 17, 2017"
In Advent, if we ask how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus in this new liturgical year, today’s readings are loaded with answers. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 1:1-8) At the beginning of St. Mark’s Gospel, he announces that Isaiah’s centuries-old prophecy of one who will prepare the way for the coming […]Read more "Second Sunday of Advent, Year B—December 10, 2017"
The Gospel reading sounds the call of Advent: Be watchful! How? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 13:33-37) Our very first Gospel in this new season of Advent puts into our ears Jesus’ own words to prepare us for it: “Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Be watchful! Be alert!’” He then tells them how to […]Read more "First Sunday of Advent, Year B—December 3, 2017"
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"
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"
Our readings today sum up in one word what people like us, who are waiting for the Lord’s arrival, should do while we wait: Prepare! By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 3:1-6) St. Luke carefully sets the historical stage for the momentous event he wants to describe. See how concrete both the civil and religious […]Read more "Second Sunday of Advent, Year C—December 6, 2015"