Yesterday after daily Mass, a friend caught up with me at the church door. “Did you read today’s Mass readings before coming to church?” she asked me.
Being lucky to get to Mass on time at all (I walked in during the opening prayer yesterday), I admitted that I hadn’t.
“I think Father read the wrong Gospel today,” she continued. He read the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector.
We don’t have the missalettes with the daily readings included, so I took out my phone (there’s an app for that!) Sure enough, the Gospel for the day was the story of Jesus driving out the demon from the man who was mute. I checked today’s Gospel to see if perhaps Father had skipped a page, but that wasn’t the reading for today either.
So if there’s anyone reading who has a clue about why Father might have read a completely different Gospel than the one slated for the day, please comment here. He’s not really the approachable sort when it comes to things like this.
3 thoughts on “Big Mistake, or Just Improv?”
It's Saturday's Gospel, he flipped ahead two days.
Our missalette doesn't give weekday readings either but in the back there is a listing of what the readings are for each day. I found that there is an alternate reading for most of the weekdays. However, the alternate was the story of the Samaritan woman (actually it's the alternate for several days in a row!). Michelle's answer seems to be a better explanation.
At our parish they read Year A readings because it was the weekend to recognize the elect coming into the church at Easter.