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Sunday 17th February 2019

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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

Lk 6:17-26 After spending a night of prayer on the mountain, Jesus chose and appointed his twelve apostles. Descending the mountain with them, he came to level place and was surrounded by a huge number of disciples and a vast crowd from all over Judea and from Jerusalem, as well as the maritime region of Tyre and Sidon. These people came to hear him, be cured of many diseases and of the evil spirits that tormented them. The entire crowd strove to touch him as power came out of him and healed them. And Jesus lifting his eyes to his disciples said,
‘Happy are the poor for to you belongs the Kingdom of God.

Happy are those who hunger now, you will be satisfied.

Happy are those who mourn now, you will laugh.

Happy are you when people hate you, treat you harshly, reproach you and vilify you on account of the Son of Man. On that day, you should exult and dance for joy! Your reward in heaven will be outstanding for this was how the prophets were treated in the past.

Alas, you who are rich, you have already had your consolation.

Alas, you who are satiated now, you will hunger.

Alas, you who laugh now, you will mourn and lament.

Alas you who are praised and feted, for this was the way your ancestors treated the false prophets.