Today, we meet a Samaritan leper—an outsider among outsiders. What can he teach us? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 17:11-19) St. Luke tells us that as Jesus continued “His journey to Jerusalem, He traveled through Samaria and Galilee.” He was apparently well-known in this region, because “as He was entering a village, ten lepers […]Read more "Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 9, 2016"
Today, the apostles ask Jesus to increase their faith. More faith sounds like a reasonable request. Jesus doesn’t think so. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 17:5-10) What prompted the apostles to ask Jesus to increase their faith in today’s reading? In the verses preceding ours, Jesus had been talking about forgiveness: “Take heed […]Read more "Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 2, 2016"
Last Sunday’s Gospel ended with a warning from Jesus: “You cannot serve both God and mammon.” Today we read about a man who thought he could. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 16:19-31) St. Luke told us in last Sunday’s reading that Jesus had some bracing words to say about money to the Pharisees who […]Read more "Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—September 25, 2016"
In speaking to a large crowd gathered to hear Him, Jesus starts talking about money. How uncomfortable. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 16:1-13) In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells a parable in which a slightly sleazy steward becomes the hero of the story. Very odd! We must place this parable in its context in order […]Read more "Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time—September 18, 2016"
The religious elites of Jesus’ day complained because He ate with sinners. He is still doing that in the Mass. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 15:1-32) St. Luke tells us “tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus.” In Jewish society, these people were outcasts. The tax collectors were […]Read more "Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—September 11, 2016"
In today’s Gospel, “great crowds were traveling with Jesus.” He turns to the crowd and delivers a stiff warning. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 14:25-33) The Gospels often remind us of the sizable crowds that followed Jesus everywhere He went (see Mt 5:1; Mk 1:45; Jn 6:10). We always equate large crowds following […]Read more "Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—September 4, 2016"
At a dinner party, Jesus turns the rules for banqueting and table etiquette on their heads. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 14:1, 7-14) “On a Sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing Him carefully.” In just one sentence, St. Luke […]Read more "Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—August 28, 2016"
Someone in a crowd called out to Jesus, “Will only a few people be saved?” Why was this the wrong question to ask? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 13:22-30) St. Luke tells us that as Jesus “passed through towns and villages, teaching as He went,” someone called out a question to Him: “Lord, will […]Read more "Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—August 21, 2016"
The Prince of Peace tells His disciples He did not come to establish peace on the earth. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 12:49-53) St. Luke tells us about a conversation Jesus had with His disciples that must have surprised them. First, He says, “I have come to set the earth on fire, and […]Read more "Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—August 14, 2016"
Today, Jesus gives His followers instructions about vigilance in their obedience to Him. The message: expect the unexpected. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 12:32-48) Our reading today follows Jesus’ earlier exhortation to His disciples about anxiety: “Don’t be anxious about your life, what you shall eat … or what you shall put on … […]Read more "Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—August 7, 2016"