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Sunday 16th August 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 15:21-28

After heated discussions about the interpretation of Jewish Law and what makes a person fit or unfit to worship God, Jesus went for awhile to the pagan area near the cities of Tyre and Sidon. This was the only time he left Jewish territory in his ministry.
There a woman, a Canaanite, a member of the ancestral enemies of the Jews, came out to Jesus and was shouting out at him: ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, son of David! My daughter is tormented by a devil!’
But Jesus said nothing to her.
So the disciples came and said: ‘Get rid of her, she’s yelling after us!’
Jesus replied: ‘I have been called to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’
But the woman came up, knelt at his feet as if in worship and begged again: ‘Lord, help me!’
He said: ‘It’s not right to take the children’s food and throw it to the puppies.’
‘Ah, yes, Lord,’ she replied, ‘that’s true, but even the dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their owner’s table!’
Jesus answered her, ‘O Woman, what awesome faith you have! You will be given what you want.’ And from that very moment her daughter was healed.