In Other Words

26 Nov 2017

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.

19 Nov 2017

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave 5,000 dollars, to another 2,000, to a third 1,000, depending on their abilities.

12 Nov 2017

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“God’s kingdom is like 10 young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. Five were silly and five were smart. The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil. The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps. The bridegroom didn’t show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep.

5 Nov 2017

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Now Jesus turned to address his disciples, along with the crowd that had gathered with them. “The religion scholars and Pharisees are competent teachers in God’s Law. You won’t go wrong in following their teachings on Moses. But be careful about following them. They talk a good line, but they don’t live it. They don’t take it into their hearts and live it out in their behavior. It’s all spit-and-polish veneer.

29 Oct 2017

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”

22 Oct 2017

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

That’s when the Pharisees plotted a way to trap him into saying something damaging. They sent their disciples, with a few of Herod’s followers mixed in, to ask, “Teacher, we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately, are indifferent to popular opinion, and don’t pander to your students. So tell us honestly: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

15 Oct 2017

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Jesus responded by telling still more stories. “God’s kingdom,” he said, “is like a king who threw a wedding banquet for his son. He sent out servants to call in all the invited guests. And they wouldn’t come!

8 Oct 2017

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“Here’s another story. Listen closely. There was once a man, a wealthy farmer, who planted a vineyard. He fenced it, dug a winepress, put up a watchtower, then turned it over to the farmhands and went off on a trip. When it was time to harvest the grapes, he sent his servants back to collect his profits.

1 Oct 2017

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.’

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.