In Other Words

24 Nov 2019

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

The people stood there staring at Jesus, and the ringleaders made faces, taunting, “He saved others. Let’s see him save himself! The Messiah of God—ha! The Chosen—ha!”

17 Nov 2019

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

One day people were standing around talking about the Temple, remarking how beautiful it was, the splendor of its stonework and memorial gifts. Jesus said, “All this you’re admiring so much—the time is coming when every stone in that building will end up in a heap of rubble.”

10 Nov 2019

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Some Sadducees came up. This is the Jewish party that denies any possibility of resurrection. They asked, “Teacher, Moses wrote us that if a man dies and leaves a wife but no child, his brother is obligated to take the widow to wife and get her with child.

3 Nov 2019

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.

27 Oct 2019

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

He told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man.

20 Oct 2019

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’

13 Oct 2019

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, 10 men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

6 Oct 2019

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

The apostles came up and said to the Master, “Give us more faith.”

29 Sep 2019

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“There once was a rich man, expensively dressed in the latest fashions, wasting his days in conspicuous consumption. A poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, had been dumped on his doorstep. All he lived for was to get a meal from scraps off the rich man’s table. His best friends were the dogs who came and licked his sores.

22 Sep 2019

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Jesus said to his disciples, “There was once a rich man who had a manager. He got reports that the manager had been taking advantage of his position by running up huge personal expenses. So he called him in and said, ‘What’s this I hear about you? You’re fired. And I want a complete audit of your books.’