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"
Today, Jesus’ critics level a charge against Him that unwittingly sums up the glory of salvation history. What was it? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 15:1-3, 11-32) St. Luke tells us “tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus.” Isn’t this a beautiful thought for us to ponder during Lent? […]Read more "Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year C—March 6, 2016"
What happens to us when we become experts at identifying the sins of others? Today, Jesus tells us. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 13:1-9) St. Luke describes an episode in which “some people” who were among the crowds following Jesus were eager to tell Him about two tragic current events. Pilate, probably in putting […]Read more "Third Sunday of Lent, Year C—February 28, 2016"
At the Transfiguration, God told the apostles: “This is My chosen Son; listen to Him.” Why did they need this Divine exhortation? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 9:28b-36) St. Luke tells us about a most extraordinary episode in today’s Gospel. We know it as the Transfiguration, when Jesus was temporarily revealed to Peter, James, […]Read more "Second Sunday of Lent, Year C—February 21, 2016"
On the first Sunday in Lent, we find ourselves in the desert with Jesus and the devil. Why must our Lenten journey begin here? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 4:1-13) St. Luke tells us that after His baptism in the Jordan River, Jesus “was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, […]Read more "First Sunday of Lent, Year C—February 14, 2016"
Our readings make us wonder: Why does God pick the unworthy to do His work in the world? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 5:1-11) St. Luke tells us that one day, Jesus was teaching an enormous crowd of people by “the Lake of Gennasaret,” also called the Sea of Galilee. He saw two empty […]Read more "Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—February 7, 2016"
The people in Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown, wanted to kill Him after they heard Him speak in their synagogue. How did familiarity breed such contempt? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 4:21-30) St. Luke tells us that after Jesus read a Messianic prophecy from Isaiah in His hometown synagogue, He announced its fulfillment in the hearing […]Read more "Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—January 31, 2016"
Ever wonder what prompted the Evangelists to write their Gospels? Today we find out. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Lk 1:1-4; 4:14-21) In the introduction to his Gospel, St. Luke gives us a rare peek into what prompted him “to compile a narrative of the events” that Jesus fulfilled in the Incarnation. Apparently, “many” others […]Read more "Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—January 24, 2016"
At the start of His public ministry, Jesus attended a wedding in Cana. Why was this the perfect setting for Him to work His first miraculous sign? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 2:1-11) St. John tells us that after Jesus called and assembled His disciples, “there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and […]Read more "The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C—January 17, 2016"
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"