In Other Words

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.

9 Jul 2017

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Abruptly Jesus broke into prayer: “Thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You’ve concealed your ways from sophisticates and know-it-alls, but spelled them out clearly to ordinary people. Yes, Father, that’s the way you like to work.”

2 Jul 2017

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“Don’t think I’ve come to make life cozy. I’ve come to cut—make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law—cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don’t deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don’t deserve me.

25 Jun 2017

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“Don’t be intimidated. Eventually everything is going to be out in the open, and everyone will know how things really are. So don’t hesitate to go public now.

18 Jun 2017

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“I am the Bread—living Bread!—who came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this Bread will live—and forever! The Bread that I present to the world so that it can eat and live is myself, this flesh-and-blood self.”

11 Jun 2017

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was.

4 Jun 2017

Solemnity of Pentecost, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, “Peace to you.” Then he showed them his hands and side.

28 May 2017

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Meanwhile, the 11 disciples were on their way to Galilee, headed for the mountain Jesus had set for their reunion. The moment they saw him they worshiped him.