21st 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
As Jesus journeyed through the cities and villages, making his way to Jerusalem he taught the people. Someone asked him, ‘Will there only be a few saved?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Struggle fiercely to get in through the narrow gate, for I’m telling you seriously, many will try to enter in and find they cannot. Once the householder has gotten up and locked the door, you may discover yourself outside, beginning to knock and cry out, “Hey, Lord, Lord. Open up!” And he will answer, “I haven’t got a clue who you are.” Then you will say, “What do you mean? We ate with you, we drank with you. Why, you even taught in our streets.” And he will declare, “Look, I’m telling you seriously, I do not know you. Now clear off, you evil-doers!”
Then there will be howls of despair and distress as you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets entering into the Kingdom of God and you thrust outside. Indeed, they will come from everywhere - east, west, north, south – and shall sit down to feast in the Kingdom of God. Look, there are ones who are despised now who will be esteemed and ones now esteemed who will be amongst the least.’