29th Sun C
Sunday 18th 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: 15-22

The Pharisees came together to hatch a plan to catch Jesus out in what he said. They then sent off some of their group, with some Herodians, to bring it about. These came up to Jesus and said:
‘Teacher, we realise that you are a truthful person, and what you teach truly reveals the way of God. You are not influenced by what people think and you aren’t swayed by a person’s status. So, please give us your advice: is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’
But Jesus saw straight through their wicked malice.
‘You, hypocrites! Why are you trying to set me up? Show me the money!
So they pulled out the coin they paid the tax with and he asked them:
Whose head and whose inscription is on that coin?’
‘Caesar’s. they replied.
‘Well, give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God,’ he replied.
They were stunned, and slunk away.