27th Sun Year B
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 was in the Judean coastal area on the far side of the Jordan when some religious authorities came and asked him, ‘Is it allowed in the law for a man to divorce his wife?’ They asked this as a trap. But Jesus answered, saying, ‘What did Moses command you?’ ‘Moses allowed for a divorce paper to be written and so a wife could be dismissed.’ And Jesus answered them saying, ‘Yes, but he wrote that because you were so hard-hearted. But God’s design at creation was for male and female to be one. Therefore a man should leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife. Then the two would become one flesh so that they are no longer two, but one. So what God has put together let no person separate.’
Back in the house, the disciples questioned Jesus about this teaching and he answered them, ‘Whoever puts away his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she too commits adultery.’
People were carrying little children to him, so that he could bless them. The disciples rebuked the people bringing them in. When Jesus realised what was happening, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let these children keep coming to me and don’t you dare stop them. For it is ones just like these who make up the Kingdom of God. I am telling you so seriously, if you do not receive the Kingdom of God just as a little child would, you will not enter into it.’ Then embracing the children, he laid his hands on them and blessed them.