In Other Words

12 Apr 2020

Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord (Easter Sunday), Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, “They took the Master from the tomb. We don’t know where they’ve put him.”

5 Apr 2020

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

That is when one of the Twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the cabal of high priests and said, “What will you give me if I hand him over to you?” They settled on thirty silver pieces. He began looking for just the right moment to hand him over.

29 Mar 2020

Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

A man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. This was the same Mary who massaged the Lord’s feet with aromatic oils and then wiped them with her hair. It was her brother Lazarus who was sick.

22 Mar 2020

Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?” Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here.

15 Mar 2020

Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

To get there, he had to pass through Samaria. He came into Sychar, a Samaritan village that bordered the field Jacob had given his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was still there. Jesus, worn out by the trip, sat down at the well. It was noon.

8 Mar 2020

Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Jesus took Peter and the brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light.

1 Mar 2020

First Sunday of Lent, Cycle A

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

Next Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it. Jesus prepared for the Test by fasting forty days and forty nights.

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.