15th 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
Look, a certain expert in the Law of Moses, stood up and, to test and undermine Jesus, asked, ‘What should I do to enjoy eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the Law? How do you understand it?’ He answered him saying, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your strength and with all of your mind. And your neighbour as yourself.’ And he answered him, ‘You have answered correctly. Go and do this and you will live.’ But he, trying to justify himself, asked Jesus, ‘But just who is my neighbour?’ So Jesus answered him:
A man was travelling down from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was attacked by thieves. They stripped him of his clothes, bashed him up and, running off, left him half-dead. And it happened that a certain priest was travelling down that road. He saw the man, and passed by on the other side. Then along came a Levite. When he came to the spot, he also looked at the man and he too passed by on the other side of the road. Then a certain Samaritan came along the road, saw the man, and his insides churned with compassion. He came to the man, bandaged his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, lifted him on his own beast, carried him to an inn and took care of him. The next day, when he was leaving, he took two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper saying, ‘Now, look after this man. I’ll be coming back this way and if the expenses are more than this I will reimburse you.’
Then Jesus asked, ‘Which of these three proved himself a neighbour to the man?’ He replied, ‘The one who showed mercy.’ Jesus replied, ‘Go and do the same.’