Sun of Palms and Passion
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
When Jesus had finished teaching, he went ahead, ascending to Jerusalem. As he drew close to Bethpage and Bethany near the place called the Mount of Olives, he despatched two of his disciples saying, “Go down to the village facing you and as you go in you will find a colt that hasn’t been broken in, no-one has yet ridden it. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone questions you, asking, ‘Why are you untying that?’ just say, ‘The Master needs it.’” They went off and it all happened just as he had said. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Hey, why are you untying that colt?” And they said, “The Master needs it.” So they brought the colt to Jesus and tossed their clothes over its back and helped Jesus up on it. As he went, they threw their clothes on the road. As he drew close, just where it starts to descend at the Mount of Olives, all the disciples, all of them together praised God with loud joyful cries for all the marvellous things they had seen, saying,