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Sunday 26th January 2020

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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

Mt 4:12-23

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he left Judea and returned to Galilee. He moved out of Nazareth and into Capernaum, a lake-side town on the border between Zebulon and Naphtali. So the prophecy of Isaiah was fulfilled:
The Land of Zebulon! The Land of Naphtali!
Way of the Sea beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the nations!
The people who were sitting in darkness
have seen a great light;
and for those who lived in the dark fear of death,
light has come.
Then Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Change your heart and mind, for the Kingdom of God is close.’

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting their nets into the sea for they were fishermen. He said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of people!’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Going on further, he saw another two brothers, James, son of Zebedee with his brother John, in the boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their nets and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus went all over Galilee, preaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom. He cured all kinds of diseases and ailments amongst the people.