16th 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 put before the crowds another riddle-story. ‘The Kingdom of God is a like a man who sowed excellent seed in his paddock but later, while he and his workers slept, his enemy came and sowed a poisonous weed, darnel, through his crop and slunk away.
Jesus put before them another riddle-story: ‘The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed which a person took and sowed in a paddock. Even though it began as the tiniest of seeds it grew into a large shrub that even the birds could come and nest in its boughs.’
And Jesus told them another riddle-story: ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven which a woman took and kneaded through twenty-five kilos of flour until it was thoroughly leavened.’
Jesus used riddle-stories to speak to the crowds. In fact this was the only way he would address these people. This was so the prophetic saying from the psalm would be fulfilled: ‘I will make my announcements in riddle-stories. This is how I will reveal the things that have been secret since the beginning of time.’
When Jesus had sent the crowds away, and the disciples had some privacy with him in the house, they asked him to explain the riddle-story about the wheat and the darnel. Jesus said: ‘The one who sows the excellent seed is the Son of Man, the paddock is the world, the good seed are the children of the Kingdom, while the darnel are the children of the evil one. The Enemy sowing this darnel is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world and the reapers are the angels. So just as darnel was gathered and burnt in the fire so will it be at the end of time. The Son of Man will send his angels to cull out of his kingdom all who have been scandalous and lawless and will cast them into the fire where there is torment and agony. But the just will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of my Father. Those who want to hear, let them listen and understand!’