4th 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
Jesus began to say to the people of Nazareth, his home town, ‘Today, this scripture is being fulfilled in your hearing.’ They were impressed and marvelled at the pleasing way he spoke. And they said, ‘Isn’t this Joseph’s son! Who would have thought?’ And then he said to them, ‘Now you are certainly going to quote me the proverb, “Doctor, heal yourself!” and say, “We’ve heard all the marvellous things you have been doing in Capernaum. Come on, do them here in your own countryside.”’
So he then said to them, ‘No prophet is accepted in his own countryside. I am telling you in all truth, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah when there was severe drought for three and a half years and famine took grip of the land. But it wasn’t to any of these that Elijah was sent. Rather he was sent to Zarephath, a Sidonian town, to a widow there. And there were many lepers in Israel in the prophet Elisha’s time, yet not one of them was cured – only Naaman the Syrian.’
All in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They rose up, shoved him out of the city, took him to the brow of the mountain on which their city was built, and were going to throw him over the cliff but he passed through them and went away.