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
Background Jesus appeared to the disciples after the return of the disciples from Emmaus. He greeted them with peace, showed them his wounds, ate a piece of fish, then confirmed that all that had happened to him was according to the Scriptures. Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
He then went on: ‘So now you see how it was written that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from dead on the third day, that repentance and the forgiveness of sin be preached in his name, beginning here in Jerusalem. You are the witnesses to all this.
‘Now, listen carefully, I am commissioning you with the promise of the Father. Wait here in the city until you are clothed with the power from on high.’
Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany. Lifting up his hand, he blessed them. And it happened that as he blessed them, he parted away from them and was carried up into heaven. Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem full of joy. They were continually in the Temple praising God. Amen.