At the Nativity, we celebrated Jesus’ birth in flesh and blood. Today, we celebrate a second “birth”—His and ours. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 3:15-16, 21-22) St. Luke tells us that John the Baptist raised many Messianic expectations when he preached a baptism of repentance at the Jordan River. Because of an Old Testament […]Read more "The Baptism of the Lord, Year C—January 10, 2016"
In today’s Gospel, magi “from the east” ask, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?” Just by asking this question, they herald the New Light that has dawned on all men. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 2:1-12) Today, St. Matthew tells us that after Jesus’ birth, an event loaded with significance for the […]Read more "The Epiphany of the Lord, Year C—Sunday, January 3, 2016"
Today, the Church gives us an episode from Jesus’ early family life to ponder. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 2:41-52) After the profusion of Scriptures describing Jesus’ Nativity in this liturgical season of Christmas, we might be tempted to think we now know enough about His birth into a special family. However, today […]Read more "Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Year C—December 27, 2015"
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"
On this first Advent Sunday, our readings direct us to the Lord’s Second Coming, not His first. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 21:25-28, 34-36) We must know the context of our Gospel reading today to truly understand its meaning. Earlier in the chapter (see Lk 21:20-24), Jesus describes for His disciples a catastrophic […]Read more "First Sunday of Advent, Year C—November 29, 2015"
Today, we celebrate the truth that, even now, Christ reigns as King over all the earth. But what kind of kingdom is it? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 18:33b-37) On this final Sunday of our liturgical year, the Church gives us St. John’s account of Jesus before Pilate to help us understand the kingdom […]Read more "The Solemnity of Christ the King, Year B—November 22, 2015"
Today, Jesus describes a cataclysmic future event in a very old way. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 13:24-32) To understand today’s reading, we must set it within its context in St. Mark’s Gospel. In Mk 13:1-2, we see that as Jesus and His disciples left the Temple one day, one of His disciples […]Read more "Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time—November 15, 2015"
Jesus gives the disciples a lesson in true religion; the example He uses must have surprised them. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 12:38-44) Jesus often warned His disciples of the dangers of false, empty religion. His strongest words of condemnation in the Gospels are always directed to those who make a showy pious flourish […]Read more "Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time—November 8, 2015"