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28th Sun A
Sunday 11th October 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 22: 1-14
Jesus continued to counter the religious authorities, telling them more parables. ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is like a king, who was organising his son’s wedding. He sent out his servants with wedding invitations but the people who received them couldn’t be bothered to answer. So again he sent out his servants to stress the importance of this invitation: “Look, I have a magnificent feast prepared. The best beef, even grain feed, have been slaughtered and all is now ready. Come, enjoy the marriage celebration!”
‘But the people who were invited couldn’t have cared less. One went out to look over his farm, another carried on with his business, while yet others, in anger, attacked the servants and killed them. The king was furious when he heard of this. He dispatched his army to destroy the murderers and wipe out their city.
‘Still the feast had to go on. The king said to his servants: “The feast is ready and we will celebrate. Those who were invited were not worthy of an invitation. So now go out onto the roads and bid anyone and everyone to come to the wedding feast.” So they did that, went out along the roads and invited all, bad and good alike, to come to the wedding. And the wedding hall was full of guests.
‘The king came in to greet his guests and there was one who hadn’t even tried to dress properly for the wedding. The king said to him, “Friend, why didn’t you even make an effort to dress up for this wedding.” But the man didn’t bother to answer. The king said to his servants, “Tie him up and throw him out into the darkness, where there will be weeping and wails of complaint.”’

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