Jesus attends a dinner party; it turns into a lesson about forgiveness. How? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 7:36-8:3) St. Luke includes in his Gospel several references to Jesus dining with Pharisees (see Lk 11:37; 14:1). On this occasion, there was a party crasher. “A sinful woman in the city learned that [Jesus] was […]Read more "Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—June 12, 2016"
A weeping widow tells us a profound story. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 7:11-17) The message left on the phone was terse and professionally uninformative: “This is Chandler Regional Hospital. Your son is here. You will need to come over.” Another message right after it, from my son’s roommate, gave me a few more […]Read more "Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—June 5, 2016"
Today, we celebrate Jesus’ gift of His Body and Blood in the Eucharist to His Church and the world. Yet our Gospel takes us back to the feeding of the five thousand. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 9:11b-17) On this solemnity of Corpus Christi, we might expect our Gospel to be an account […]Read more "The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year C—May 29, 2016"
Jesus never used the word “Trinity,” yet today He describes why believe in it. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 16:12-15) “Jesus said to His disciples: ‘I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when He comes, the Spirit of truth, He will guide you to all truth.” This […]Read more "Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Year C—May 22, 2016"
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 C—May 15, 2016"
On Ascension Day, Jesus gives His apostles, a group of men singularly lacking in influence, a worldwide mission. How would they be able to pull this off? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 24:46-53) St. Luke tells us that as Jesus prepares to depart from His disciples and be taken up to heaven, He reminds […]Read more "The Ascension of Our Lord, Year C—May 8, 2016"
During His conversation with the apostles on the night of His arrest, Jesus looks into the future. What does He see? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 14:23-29) In a long section of St. John’s Gospel that we call “the Last Supper Discourse” (see Jn 13-17), Jesus begins to anticipate His departure from this world […]Read more "Sixth Sunday of Easter—May 1, 2016"
At the Last Supper, Jesus announces that His betrayal by Judas begins an outbreak of God’s glory. How can this be? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35) St. John tells us that after Satan had entered Judas, driving him out into the night to report to Jesus’ enemies (see Jn 13:21-30), the Lord […]Read more "Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C—April 24, 2016"
Jesus offers a promise of eternal life. What must we do to receive it? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 10:27-30) In our very brief Gospel reading, Jesus makes a wonderful promise to shepherd His people into eternal life. We, “the sheep,” must “hear” and “follow” Him. These two words magnificently sum up the appropriate […]Read more "Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C—April 17, 2016"
During Christ’s Passion, Peter stood near the warmth of a charcoal fire and denied knowing Him. Today, Jesus and Peter meet again near a charcoal fire. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 21:1-19) St. John tells us that an appearance of Jesus at the Sea of Tiberius (also called the Sea of Galilee) was […]Read more "Third Sunday of Easter, Year C—April 10, 2016"