In Other Words

3 Nov 2013

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

THEN JESUS entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.

27 Oct 2013

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

HE TOLD his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: ‘Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.’

20 Oct 2013

Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

JESUS TOLD them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, “There was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: ‘My rights are being violated. Protect me!’

13 Oct 2013

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

IT HAPPENED that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

6 Oct 2013

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

THE APOSTLES came up and said to the Master, “Give us more faith.” But the Master said, “You don’t need more faith. There is no ‘more’ or ‘less’ in faith.

29 Sep 2013

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

ABRAHAM SAID, ‘Child, remember that in your lifetime you got the good things and Lazarus the bad things. It’s not like that here. Here he’s consoled and you’re tormented. Besides, in all these matters there is a huge chasm set between us so that no one can go from us to you even if he wanted to, nor can anyone cross over from you to us.’

22 Sep 2013

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

IF YOU’RE honest in small things, you’ll be honest in big things; if you’re a crook in small things, you’ll be a crook in big things. If you’re not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store?

15 Sep 2013

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

BY THIS TIME a lot of men and women of doubtful reputation were hanging around Jesus, listening intently. The Pharisees and religion scholars were not pleased, not at all pleased. They growled, “He takes in sinners and eats meals with them, treating them like old friends.” Their grumbling triggered this story.

8 Sep 2013

Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

ONE DAY when large groups of people were walking along with him, Jesus turned and told them, “Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple. Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple.

1 Sep 2013

Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

ONE TIME when Jesus went for a Sabbath meal with one of the top leaders of the Pharisees, all the guests had their eyes on him, watching his every move. He went on to tell a story to the guests around the table . . . .