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"
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"