26th Sun C
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
After having cleansed the temple, the religious authorities questioned Jesus regarding his authority to do such things. Jesus countered by questioning what they thought of John the Baptist. When they were caught in a quandary about how to answer, he told the following parable.
‘What’s your opinion? A certain man had two children. He went in one morning and said his first son, still lying in bed, “Son, you go out and work in the vineyard this morning.” The boy replied, “No way,” and rolled back under the covers. But after some time, he thought better of his behaviour, got up, went out and did as he had been told. The father had gone on down to his other son, giving the same order, but this boy readily replied, “Certainly, Dad,” and then he went straight out, off past the vines and went fishing. Which of the two did their father’s will?”’ ‘The first,’ they replied.
And Jesus said to them, ‘Now I’m telling you, the tax-collectors and prostitutes, the people you regard as rotters, will be getting into the Kingdom of God ahead of you.’