5th Sun A
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
Having offered his disciples the vision of the Beatitudes, Jesus went on: You are the salt of the earth. You enhance the flavour of people’s lives. You preserve the goodness you see around you. If salt has lost its power, it is useless, fit only to be thrown in the garbage.
You are light for the world, a beacon like a city on a hill. No one goes to the trouble of lighting a lamp to hide it under a basket. Rather they put it up high on the lampstand so that everyone in the house can see what they are doing.
Similarly, your good works should so radiate that you will guide others and inspire them to praise God.