In our Gospel today, Jesus summons, sends, and shapes the Twelve for mission. How? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 6:7-13) St. Mark describes the first preaching mission Jesus gave to the Twelve, and it is full of instruction helpful to us. First, He summoned them—a call to action that organized and directed them. The […]Read more "Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time, Year B—July 12, 2015"
Jesus drew large crowds as He preached throughout Galilee, healing many who sought His help. What was the reception when He visited His hometown? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 6:1-6a) St. Mark tells us that early in Jesus’ ministry in Galilee, He visited His “native place.” Everywhere He went, He left a trail of […]Read more "Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—July 5, 2015"
In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives life to the living dead and to the literally dead. What is common to both healings? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 5:21-43) St. Mark gives us a story within a story in this account of Jesus and two people for whom He worked miracles of healing. The story begins […]Read more "Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—June 28, 2015"
What would provoke the apostles to be disappointed in Jesus? Today we find out. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mark 4:35-41) St. Mark tells us that at the end of a day full of teaching, Jesus decided to cross over the Sea of Galilee, leaving the crowd that had gathered around Him behind. They got […]Read more "Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)—June 21, 2015"
Liturgically, Ordinary Time is devoted to the preaching of the Kingdom of God. What do we need to know about it? Today’s Gospel gets us started. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 4:26-34) St. Mark tells us that, when speaking to the crowds of people who clustered around to hear Him, Jesus described the Kingdom […]Read more "Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—Sunday, June 14, 2015"
Soon, we will return liturgically to the relative “quiet” of Ordinary Time, after so many celebrations of great historical events in Jesus’ life. Today, we pause to look back at the Last Supper. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 14:12-16, 22-26) Now that we have liturgically re-lived with Jesus the culmination of His earthly […]Read more "The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year B—June 7, 2015"
On this first Sunday after Pentecost, the Church calls us to remember the Most Holy Trinity. Why is this perfect timing? By Gayle Somers Gospel (read Mt 28:16-20) Ever since the first day of Advent, the Church has been liturgically moving us through the history of the One Life that changes all our lives. Christianity […]Read more "The Most Holy Trinity, Year B—Sunday, May 31, 2015"
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 B—May 24, 2015"
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 Mk 16:15-20) As Jesus prepares to depart from the apostles, He gives them a lofty charge: “Go into the whole world and proclaim […]Read more "The Ascension of Our Lord, Year B—May 17, 2015"
Today, Jesus tells His disciples that they should keep God’s commandments. The reason might surprise us. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 15:9-17) In our Gospel, Jesus speaks to His disciples about the importance of their obedience to His Father’s commandments. Sometimes discussions about obedience can seem like a warning, but not this one. That’s […]Read more "Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year B—May 10, 2015"