In Other Words

24 Sep 2017

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“God’s kingdom is like an estate manager who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. They agreed on a wage of a dollar a day, and went to work.

17 Sep 2017

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”

10 Sep 2017

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“If a fellow believer hurts you, go and tell him—work it out between the two of you. If he listens, you’ve made a friend. If he won’t listen, take one or two others along so that the presence of witnesses will keep things honest, and try again. If he still won’t listen, tell the church.

3 Sep 2017

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Then Jesus made it clear to his disciples that it was now necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, submit to an ordeal of suffering at the hands of the religious leaders, be killed, and then on the third day be raised up alive. Peter took him in hand, protesting, “Impossible, Master! That can never be!”

27 Aug 2017

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?”

20 Aug 2017

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

From there Jesus took a trip to Tyre and Sidon. They had hardly arrived when a Canaanite woman came down from the hills and pleaded, “Mercy, Master, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly afflicted by an evil spirit.”

13 Aug 2017

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.

30 Jul 2017

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.

23 Jul 2017

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

He told another story. “God’s kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too.

16 Jul 2017

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

At about that same time Jesus left the house and sat on the beach. In no time at all a crowd gathered along the shoreline, forcing him to get into a boat. Using the boat as a pulpit, he addressed his congregation, telling stories.