Today, Jesus teaches about the kingdom of heaven in parables that are so clear, even the apostles understand them. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 13:44-52) The Gospel reading gives us another cluster of parables about the kingdom of heaven, adding to an unusually high number in just one chapter. The first two are very […]Read more "Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A—July 30, 2017"
Today, Jesus uses parables to teach about the kingdom of heaven. What do all three of them have in common? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 13:24-43) In this chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus uses parables to teach the large crowd gathered to hear Him at the seashore. In the first one, He says, “The […]Read more "Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)—July 23, 2017"
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"
When Jesus ascended to Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to His followers to give them the divine life of the Trinity. Why, then, did He also give them a meal of Bread and Wine to attain eternal life? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 6:51-58) Our Easter lectionary readings moved us through Christ’s Resurrection, […]Read more "The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year A—June 18, 2017"
On this first Sunday after Pentecost, the Church calls us to remember the Most Holy Trinity. Why is this perfect timing? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 3:16-18) Today’s Gospel is different from any we have seen during the long seasons of Lent and Easter. On Sunday after Sunday, the Gospels have reported actions of […]Read more "Trinity Sunday, Year A—June 11, 2017"
On Resurrection Day, Jesus breathed on His disciples, a gesture odd in itself but packed with meaning for our celebration of Pentecost today. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 20:19-23) Today’s Gospel tells us that Jesus surprised the disciples “on the evening of that first day of the week” by appearing in their midst without […]Read more "Pentecost Sunday, Year A—June 4, 2017"
Ascension Sunday presents a paradox: Jesus leaves His apostles for Heaven, but He assures them He is always with them. What kind of departure was this? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 28:16-20) Today’s Gospel records the end of Jesus’ forty days of post-Resurrection appearances and teaching. The account of what actually happened during those […]Read more "The Ascension of Our Lord, Year A—May 28, 2017"