31st 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
After Jesus had healed the blind beggar, he entered and went through Jericho. And look, there was a man named Zacchaeus, the most important tax collector in the district, and he was very wealthy. He really wanted to see Jesus, but he couldn’t because of the crowds and the fact that he was very short. So he ran on ahead and climbed a sycamore tree, for Jesus was heading in that direction. When Jesus came to the spot, he looked up and seeing Zacchaeus said, ‘Hurry up and come down! Today I’m dining at your home.’ He quickly came down and joyfully welcomed Jesus. But when all the people saw this, they complained, ‘He has gone to be a guest with a sinner!’ But Zacchaeus stood his ground and said, ‘Look, Lord, I give half my goods to the poor, and if I receive anything that is fraudulent I make four-fold restitution (as the Law demands).’ Jesus said to him, ‘Today, salvation has come to this house for this man is also a Son of Abraham. For the Son of Man comes to seek and save those who are lost.’