Today, Jesus teaches us about two kinds of separation from Him. The contrast between them couldn’t be starker. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48) St. Mark tells us about an episode in which someone who was not part of the entourage of Jesus’ disciples was “driving out demons” in His Name. St. […]Read more "Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—September 27, 2015"
Today, Jesus teaches His disciples lessons about Himself and about their lives as His followers. One lesson went right over their heads; the other was impossible for them to miss. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk ) As Jesus traveled around Galilee with His disciples, He made several attempts to help them understand what lay […]Read more "Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—September 20, 2015"
The disciples tell Jesus that people don’t know His true identity, but Peter, who did, was told not to tell them. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 8:27-35) St. Mark describes a conversation Jesus had with the disciples about His identity. He asked about the buzz on the street: “Who do people say that […]Read more "Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—September 13, 2015"
When Jesus heals a deaf, mute man, He fulfills an old prophecy in a startling, unexpected way. How? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 7:31-37) St. Mark describes for us an episode that took place while Jesus was ministering in a primarily Gentile region (the Decapolis). “People brought to Him a deaf man who had […]Read more "Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—September 6, 2015"
The Pharisees ask Jesus a question about hand washing before meals and wind up being called hypocrites. What happened? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23) St. Mark tells us that some Pharisees and scribes came out from Jerusalem to observe Jesus (He was ministering in Galilee, to the north). He had been […]Read more "Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—August 30, 2015"
Today, after repeatedly insisting that His disciples must eat His flesh and drink His blood, Jesus asks, “Does this shock you?” Well, yes. By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 6:60-69) In the Bread of Life discourse, Jesus has been speaking to a mixed crowd. There were “the Jews” who had tracked Him down after the […]Read more "Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—August 23, 2015"
When Jesus told the crowd who followed Him that He had come down “from heaven,” they murmured in curiosity. Today, He tells them something that caused quarreling to break out. What was it? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 6:51-58) As we noted last Sunday, Jesus engaged in a long discussion about “bread from heaven” […]Read more "Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)—August 16, 2015"
The Jews who followed Jesus after the feeding of the five thousand were looking for the Messiah—the New Moses who would again bring down bread from heaven. When they found that Bread, they grumbled. Why? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 6:41-51) As we know from last Sunday’s Gospel, the Jews who had seen Jesus […]Read more "Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—August 9, 2015"
The people who saw Jesus miraculously multiply loaves and fishes tracked Him down afterwards, looking for something. What was it? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 6:24-35) St. John tells us that after Jesus fed a hungry crowd with very little food, the people who had been with Him were eager to see Him again. […]Read more "Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—August 2, 2015"
Jesus today provides a miraculous meal for the crowd following Him, an event that looks back in history and forward to the future. How? By Gayle Somers Gospel (Read Jn 6:1-15) St. John tells us that near the Sea of Galilee, a large crowd was following Jesus, because they had seen Him miraculously cure the […]Read more "Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B—July 26, 2015"