Today’s Gospel records a post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus in which a flow of mercy to sinners starts that will not stop until we have all attained the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls, as St. Peter tells us in the epistle. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 20:19-31) The celebration of our […]Read more "Second Sunday of Easter, Year A (Divine Mercy Sunday)—April 23, 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"
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 is greatly enriched if we understand the context in which it appears, both within Matthew’s Gospel and the larger story of salvation history. Time […]Read more "Second Sunday in Lent, Year A- March 12, 2017"
Jesus faces God’s enemy and ours, the one who has hated us from the beginning. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 4:1-11) The Gospel reading begins with the phrase, “At that time,” to describe this scene of Jesus’ temptation by the devil. At what time? In the previous chapter, Jesus had just been baptized in […]Read more "First Sunday in Lent, Year A–March 5, 2017"
The Sermon on the Mount is full of bracing challenges for those who seek the kingdom of God. Today’s Gospel gives us perhaps the most difficult challenge of all. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 6:24-34) In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives His followers extended instruction about how life in the kingdom […]Read more "Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—February 26, 2017"
Jesus told His followers to “be perfect.” Is that even possible? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 5:38-48) In His extended teaching to His followers in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus called them to a remarkable way of life. It is helpful to understand the historical context for this session on the mountain. In […]Read more "Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—February 19, 2014"