Today is Gaudete (Rejoice!) Sunday. Our Gospel gives us John the Baptist in prison as our meditation. Isn’t that a bit downbeat? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 11:2-11) St. Matthew tells us that John the Baptist “heard in prison of the works of the Christ” in Galilee, undoubtedly from his own disciples. He sent […]Read more "Third Sunday in Advent, Year A—December 11, 2016"
John the Baptist prepared the Jews for the first Advent of Jesus by baptizing them at the Jordan River. Today, we find him yelling out, “You brood of vipers!” to some who came to see him. How indelicate! By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 3:1-12) Our Advent Gospel reminds us that repentance and the fruit […]Read more "Second Sunday of Advent, Year A—December 4, 2016"
On this first Sunday in the new liturgical year, Jesus warns His followers to “stay awake!” Why do we need to hear this today? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mt 24:37-44) St. Matthew records for us an extended conversation Jesus had with His disciples about “the coming of the Son of Man.” We know this […]Read more "First Sunday of Advent, Year A—November 27, 2016"
At Jesus’ Nativity, wise men asked, “Where is He Who has been born King of the Jews?” Herod wanted to kill Him. Thirty-three years later, the Jews finally acknowledged their King. How? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 23:35-43) Today, on the Feast of Christ the King, St. Luke describes a scene from Christ’s Crucifixion. […]Read more "Feast of Christ the King, Year C—November 20, 2016"
Jesus once overheard a conversation about the glory of the Temple in Jerusalem. He then made a startling prediction. What was it? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 21:5-19) St. Luke tells us Jesus had a conversation with His disciples about the Temple in Jerusalem. It began when “some people were speaking about how the […]Read more "Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—November 13, 2016"
Today, Jesus meets some Sadducees who try to trip Him up with a Bible question. Does it work? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 20:27-38) St. Luke describes for us an encounter Jesus had with a group of Sadducees, and we need to understand who they were in order to best appreciate it. The Ignatius […]Read more "Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—November 6, 2016"
In Jericho, a man climbs a tree seeking Jesus, but who is seeking whom? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 19:1-10) St. Luke tells us that as Jesus was passing through Jericho, He encountered a man, Zaccheus, who was a “chief tax collector and also a wealthy man.” We know that religious Jews despised tax […]Read more "Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 30, 2016"
Today, Jesus tells a story about two men praying in the Temple; one is seriously religious, the other a serious sinner. What can they teach us? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 18:9-14) St. Luke, in reporting one of Jesus’ parables, explains its meaning before we actually read it: “Jesus addressed this parable to those […]Read more "Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 23, 2016"
Today, after Jesus tells His disciples a parable about prayer, He asks one of the most haunting questions ever to leave His lips. What was it? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 18:1-8) As Jesus continued His journey toward Jerusalem and the fulfillment of His earthly mission, St. Luke tells us He wanted His disciples […]Read more "Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time—October 16, 2016"
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"