In Other Words

23 Feb 2020

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’ Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it.

16 Feb 2020

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“Don’t suppose for a minute that I have come to demolish the scriptures—either God’s Law or the Prophets. I’m not here to demolish but to complete. I am going to put it all together, pull it all together in a vast panorama. God’s Law is more real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet.

9 Feb 2020

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

2 Feb 2020

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Then when the days stipulated by Moses for purification were complete, they took him up to Jerusalem to offer him to God as commanded in God’s Law: “Every male who opens the womb shall be a holy offering to God,” and also to sacrifice the “pair of doves or two young pigeons” prescribed in God’s Law.

26 Jan 2020

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

When Jesus got word that John had been arrested, he returned to Galilee. He moved from his hometown, Nazareth, to the lakeside village Capernaum, nestled at the base of the Zebulun and Naphtali hills.

19 Jan 2020

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

The very next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and yelled out, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb! He forgives the sins of the world! This is the man I’ve been talking about, ‘the One who comes after me but is really ahead of me.’ I knew nothing about who he was—only this: that my task has been to get Israel ready to recognize him as the God-Revealer.

12 Jan 2020

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, “I’m the one who needs to be baptized, not you!”

5 Jan 2020

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory—this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East.

1 Jan 2020

Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord; Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger.

29 Dec 2019

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

After the scholars were gone, God’s angel showed up again in Joseph’s dream and commanded, “Get up. Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt. Stay until further notice. Herod is on the hunt for this child, and wants to kill him.”