19th 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 said to his disciples, ‘Fear not, tiny little flock: the Father delights in giving you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give alms. Make yourselves purses that will not age, treasure in heaven that will never default or devalue. There, where no thief can reach it or moth destroy it. For wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be.
See that you are dressed, ready for work with your lamps alight. You, yourselves, be like people anticipating the return of their master from a wedding feast. When he comes and knocks, they open immediately. Happy those slaves if the master finds them alert. I tell you truly, he will get to work, sit them at table and serve them. If he comes late, or even very late, and finds them ready, they will truly be happy. And know this, if the householder was aware of the time that a thief would break in, he would have been watching and not would not have allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore, you, be ready, for you do not know when the Son of Man will be coming.’
Peter then said to him, ‘Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone.’ And the Lord said, ‘So what type of faithful and wise steward does the master make administrator of his household, with the responsibility to distribute the rations appropriately. Happy the slave whom the master finds doing just that on his return! I tell you truly, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that servant had said to himself, “Mmmmm, my master is taking his time,” and started throwing his weight around, abusing the men and women servants, eating and drinking and getting drunk, well, the master will come at a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. He will then cut him off and he will have the same fate as unbelievers.
The slave who knew his master’s wishes and didn’t even attempt to carry them out, will be lashed many times. But the slave who was ignorant and who acted wrongly will receive fewer lashes. For, of the one given much, much will be expected and of the one given a great deal, even more will be expected.’