19th 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
Immediately after feeding the large crowd of people, Jesus forced the disciples to get into the boat and to go on ahead of him to the other side while he sent the crowds away. When the crowds had gone, he went up the mountain to be on his own to pray. When evening came he was still there, alone.
The boat was now far out at sea being tormented by the wind and the waves. Far into the night, just before dawn, Jesus came towards them walking on the sea. Seeing him, walking on the sea, the disciples were shocked. ‘It’s a ghost,’ they cried out, terrified. Straightaway, Jesus spoke to them, ‘Have courage. It is I. Don’t be afraid.’ Peter then answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.’ And Jesus said, ‘Come on.’ Peter, getting out of the boat, walked on the water towards Jesus. Then, noticing how strong the wind was, he was afraid and began to sink. ‘Lord, save me!’ he cried. Immediately, Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him. ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ As they stepped into the boat, the wind stopped. Those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘You really are the Son of God!’