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The Gospels in Week 18

Posted by universalis on 1 August 2017

Next week is the 18th week in Ordinary Time. On the Monday, the Gospel is the Feeding of the Five Thousand. However, the Gospel for Sunday of the 18th week in Ordinary Time in Year A is also the Feeding of the Five Thousand. This means that the same Gospel could be read on consecutive days, which is a bad thing. It is avoided by reading Tuesday’s Gospel on the Monday  (Jesus walking on the water) and by having a different Gospel on the Tuesday.

Some missals have confusing wording about this. We were deceived by this wording, and this blog post is to warn you against making the same mistake that we have been making until now.

The wording in question is:

“The alternative Gospel is to be used in Year A, where the normal gospel is read on the preceding Sunday.”

This implies that the Gospels are always reshuffled in Year A, which is wrong. The correct wording would be:

“The alternative Gospel is to be used in Year A where the normal gospel is read on the preceding Sunday.”

That is: in year A, if and only if the Gospel of the Feeding of the Five Thousand is read on the Sunday, the Monday and Tuesday Gospels are reshuffled.

This year, Sunday of the 18th week in Ordinary Time is the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, and that feast replaces the Sunday readings. Accordingly, the Gospel of the Feeding of the Five Thousand is not read on the Sunday. As a result, no changes need to be made. The normal pattern of Gospels is retained: Feeding of the Five Thousand on the Monday and walking on the water on the Tuesday.

The same thing will happen in 2023, 2028, and 2034.

We are grateful to one of our most percipient users for pointing out this subtle detail. All the Universalis apps and programs will be updated in due course, so everything should be correct by the time August comes round. The only place where you will find the alternative Gospels where you shouldn’t is in the year-long “pre-cooked” Kindle e-books, which were made last November and can’t be changed.

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