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6th Sun C
Sunday 16th February 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 5:17-37

Jesus said to his disciples,
‘Don’t think that I’ve come to abolish religious tradition. Rather than destroy I’ve actually come to fulfil it. Until the end of the world comes, not so much as a dot on an ‘i’ will be ignored until it is fulfilled. Anyone who breaks even the smallest commandment and encourages others to follow suit will be despised in the kingdom of God but anyone who keeps the commandments and encourages others to do the same will be highly regarded in the kingdom of God.

‘Look I’m telling you, unless your following of God, your adherence to God’s ways, is greater that of the religious leaders who meticulously keep the commandments, you won’t get into God’s kingdom.

‘You know that our ancient religious tradition has said, you shall not murder, and that murderers will be held accountable, but I’m telling you, you will be held accountable for nursing your anger. You will have to answer for your actions if you treat another person with contempt. Even more, the person who destroys another’s reputation, by careless or malicious talk, will go to the worst of hells.

‘So when you come to worship God, think hard – does anyone have something against you. If they do, stop what you are doing, turn on your heel and go and be reconciled with them. Then come and worship God. You are going to have to answer for your actions and it is better to sort out your problems before you are in front of the judge. Otherwise, the judgment may go against you and you will have to pay for all the trouble you caused.

‘You’ve heard how it was said in the Law that you should not commit adultery but I’m telling you that anyone who perves at a woman has committed adultery in the heart.

‘You must take the causes of sin seriously. If you can’t control your eye, pluck it out. It is better to lose part of yourself than for your entire self to be condemned to hell. If you can’t control your hand, cut it off. It is better to lose part of yourself than for your entire self to be condemned to hell. It is better to deal squarely with your compulsions and addictions than to have them destroy your life – both in this life and the next.

‘It has been said that if a man wanted to divorce his wife, all he had to do to give her the flick was to hand her a divorce paper. But I’m telling you that anyone who does that to his wife demeans her and treats her like an adulteress. And he demeans himself making himself, becoming an adulterer.

‘You have heard that the ancient traditions tell you not to swear falsely but keep the words you make in God’s name. But I’m telling you all your words should be true. Don’t use God and God’s holy things to prop up your words. Mean what you say: Yes, when you mean Yes, and No, when you mean No. Anyone playing around with oaths comes from the devil.’

  • Shorter Version.

Jesus said to his disciples,
‘ Look I’m telling you, unless your following of God, your adherence to God’s ways, is greater that the religious leaders who meticulously keep the commandments, you won’t get into God’s kingdom.

‘You know that our ancient religious tradition has said, you shall not murder, and that murderers will be held accountable, but I’m telling you, you will be held accountable for nursing your anger.

‘You’ve heard how it was said in the Law that you should not commit adultery but I’m telling you that anyone who perves at a woman has committed adultery in the heart. You have heard that the ancient traditions tell you not to swear falsely but keep the words you make in God’s name. But I’m telling you all your words should be true. Don’t use God and God’s holy things to prop up your words. Mean what you say: Yes, when you mean Yes, and No, when you mean No. Anyone playing around with oaths comes from the devil.’

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