In speaking to the religious leaders in Jerusalem, Jesus tells the whole story of salvation in one parable. Did they recognize themselves in the story? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 21:33-43) In this portion of the Gospel, Jesus has been speaking directly to “the chief priests and elders of the people” because they had […]Read more "Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—October 8, 2017"
Today, Jesus shocks the Jewish chief priests by telling them something about themselves that no one else would have dared to say. What was it? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 21:28-32) Our reading is in a portion of St. Matthew’s Gospel that reports on the tangles Jesus had with the religious leaders of Jerusalem. […]Read more "Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—October 1, 2017"
Jesus tells a parable that poses an interesting question: Would we ever grumble about God’s generosity? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 20:1-16a) In the verses preceding today’s Gospel, Jesus told the disciples “it will be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 19:23). A “rich young man” had just […]Read more "Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—September 24, 2017"
Today, Peter asks Jesus how many times he has to forgive a brother who sins against him. Jesus tells him to forget the math. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 18:21-35) In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus instructed the apostles on how to handle problems that would arise in His Church when brother sinned against […]Read more "Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—September 17, 2017"
Previously in this Gospel, Jesus has spoken about authority in His Church. Today, He shows us how it works. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 18:15-20) Today, Jesus teaches His disciples about life in the Church He intends to build. Earlier (Mt 16), He established Peter as its head, giving him the “keys” to the […]Read more "Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—September 10, 2017"
In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus called Peter “the rock.” Today, He calls him “Satan.” What happened? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 16:21-27) In the verses preceding today’s passage, Jesus and Peter had a remarkable exchange. Peter identified Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God; Jesus announced that God had revealed this truth to […]Read more "Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—September 3, 2017"
In a conversation with Peter and the apostles, Jesus declares His intention to build His Church on a human being. Whatever was He thinking? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 16:13-20) Today’s Gospel is so familiar to Catholics that the potential for missing the punch it packs is inordinately high. If ever we are challenged […]Read more "Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—August 27, 2017"
Today, as Jesus travels away from Jerusalem toward the region of the Gentiles, He meets a Canaanite woman who desperately needs His help. Why did He give her the cold shoulder? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 15:21-28) To best understand this Gospel episode, we need to know that it follows a description of the […]Read more "Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—August 20, 2017"
Today’s Gospel tells us that Jesus let the apostles struggle for many hours in a violent storm before going to them. Why did He wait so long? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 14:22-33) After the miraculous feeding of the five thousand (last Sunday’s Gospel), Jesus sent both His disciples and the vast crowd away. […]Read more "Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)—August 13, 2017"
Jesus takes His closest friends up a mountain to pray, an action packed with meaning for Jews. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 17:1-9) The meaning of today’s Gospel reading, known to us as the Transfiguration, is greatly enriched if we understand the context in which it appears, both within Matthew’s Gospel and the […]Read more "The Transfiguration of the Lord, Year A—August 6, 2017"