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"
Today’s Gospel records a post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus in which His mercy to sinners begins to flow. Watch out! There is no stopping it. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 20:19-31) The celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday usually focuses on the sheer ecstasy of His victory over death. All during Holy Week, […]Read more "Sunday of Divine Mercy, Year C—April 3, 2016"
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: “The women who had come from Galilee with Him followed behind, and when they had seen the tomb […]Read more "Easter Sunday, Year C—March 27, 2016"
“Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the highest!” (Mt 21:9) By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 22:14-23:56) On Palm Sunday, Catholics all over the globe, in every nation and time zone, in public and sometimes in secret, stand […]Read more "Palm Sunday, Year C—March 20, 2016"
Today, Jesus is confronted by a trap. It springs shut, but not on Him. What happened? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 8:1-11) St. John tells us about an incident that took place while Jesus was teaching in the Temple in Jerusalem. “The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in […]Read more "Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year C—March 13, 2016"