23rd 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
A great number of people followed Jesus and turning he said to them, ‘If anyone comes after me and does not hate father, mother, spouse, children, brothers and sisters, and yes, even their own life, that person cannot be my disciple. And the one who doesn’t bear their own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
‘Think very carefully…which of you, intending to construct a building, wouldn’t sit and work out whether you would have enough assets to finish the job? If you didn’t, you might find you had laid the foundation and didn’t have enough to complete it. Then you would be the laughing stock of all around, with people saying, “What an idiot! He began a project and couldn’t finish.”
‘Or what ruler intending to go to war against another ruler wouldn’t sit down and work out the strength of his nation’s forces against the other nation’s? If those forces were much greater, wouldn’t the ruler send emissaries to sue for peace long before battle could begin?
‘Just so, whoever among you is not prepared to forsake all their possessions, that person cannot be my disciple.’