In Other Words

25 Mar 2018

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Cycle B

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

In only two days the eight-day Festival of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread would begin. The high priests and religion scholars were looking for a way they could seize Jesus by stealth and kill him. They agreed that it should not be done during Passover Week. “We don’t want the crowds up in arms,” they said.

18 Mar 2018

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

There were some Greeks in town who had come up to worship at the Feast. They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee: “Sir, we want to see Jesus. Can you help us?”

11 Mar 2018

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“No one has ever gone up into the presence of God except the One who came down from that Presence, the Son of Man.

4 Mar 2018

Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

When the Passover Feast, celebrated each spring by the Jews, was about to take place, Jesus traveled up to Jerusalem. He found the Temple teeming with people selling cattle and sheep and doves. The loan sharks were also there in full strength.

25 Feb 2018

Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. His clothes shimmered, glistening white, whiter than any bleach could make them. Elijah, along with Moses, came into view, in deep conversation with Jesus.

18 Feb 2018

First Sunday of Lent, Cycle B

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For 40 wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him.

11 Feb 2018

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.”

4 Feb 2018

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Directly on leaving the meeting place, they came to Simon and Andrew’s house, accompanied by James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed, burning up with fever. They told Jesus. He went to her, took her hand, and raised her up. No sooner had the fever left than she was up fixing dinner for them.

28 Jan 2018

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Then they entered Capernaum. When the Sabbath arrived, Jesus lost no time in getting to the meeting place. He spent the day there teaching. They were surprised at his teaching—so forthright, so confident—not quibbling and quoting like the religion scholars.

21 Jan 2018

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”