In Other Words

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

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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

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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

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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.”

25 Dec 2019

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas), Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word.

22 Dec 2019

Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

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The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn’t know that.)

15 Dec 2019

Third Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

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John, meanwhile, had been locked up in prison. When he got wind of what Jesus was doing, he sent his own disciples to ask, “Are you the One we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?”

8 Dec 2019

Second Sunday of Advent, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”