15th Sun A
The Gospel Paraphrased
There are many fine translations of the Gospels readily available. This paraphrase is not meant to replace them. Rather the intention here is to offer a more contemporary rendering so that you can imaginatively translate the Gospel into your own situation.
This Sunday's Gospel Paraphrased
Jesus went out of the house, down to the lakeside, but many people pressed around him. He got into a boat and pushed out a little from shore so that the people stood around him on the beach and he told them many riddle-stories.
‘But for you – you are blest because you have the insight to see, the understanding to hear. Do you realise how the greatest people of the past longed to see and hear all this, yet they never saw or heard what you are experiencing?
‘So now, this is what the riddle story of the sower is about. The seeds on the path are like people who hear the word of God and because they take no time to try and understand it, they get distracted. The evil one then easily influences them with other things. The seed that fell amongst the rocks are like people who received the word and let it take root, but difficulties quickly came – they had to confront their own personal failures, or they were persecuted for their beliefs – and they found it too hard and gave up. The seed that fell amongst the thorns are like people too secure in the ways of this world. Wealth, riches, the need for security, all stifle the need and hunger for God. They may speak of the word but it makes no difference to their lives. But, ah, the seed that falls in rich soil gives an extraordinary yield. These people yield a harvest far beyond anything they could imagine – a hundredfold, or even sixty, or even thirty.’