33rd 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
Mt 25: 14-30
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who went off travelling. Before he left he called in his slaves and entrusted his property to them. To the first slave, he entrusted a million dollars, to another a quarter of million and to a third $100,000. Then he was off.
The first slave took up the opportunity offered and traded with the million making another. The second slave did similarly doubling his money as well. While the third slave dug a hole and just buried $100,000, hiding it away.
After a long time, the master returned and called in his slaves so that they could give an account of themselves. The first slave who had received the million dollars came in with his second million and said: ‘Look, Master! You gave me a million. See what I was able to do – here, another million as well!’ ‘Fantastic!’ the Master replied, ‘You’ve done so well with that small amount, I’m going to give you even greater things to work with. Come and share my joy.’ Then the slave who had received a quarter of a million came forward and said, ‘Master, here’s half a million – the first quarter you gave me, the second I made trading with it.’ Again the Master was thrilled, ‘Fantastic, well done. I’m going to give you even more to work with. Come and share my joy!’
Then the third slave came forward. ‘Master, I heard you were a tough man, virtually making money out of thin air, so I was afraid. I went and buried your money, so now, here it is back. It’s yours.’ The Master eyed him up and down and said; ‘You wicked lazy man! So I virtually make money out of thin air, do I? So why didn’t you take this money and invest it at the bank, then I’d at least have the interest as well as the capital? Here, take the money from him and give it to the slave who made a million. For the one who makes something will get even more, while the one who makes nothing will lose even what he began with. Now take this useless slave away and punish him.’