Christ the King Year A
Sunday 22nd November 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
When the Son of Man comes in glory, with all his angels, he will be seated on the throne of glory. All peoples will be gathered before him and he will separate them as a shepherd, at the end of the day, separates his sheep and goats. The sheep will be moved to his right and the goats to his left. Then the King will declare to the ones on his right:
‘Come close, you, my Father’s blessed ones! Come receive your inheritance: the Kingdom prepared before the world began.
For I was hungry…and you gave me food!
I was thirsty….and you gave me drink!
I was a stranger…and you took me in!
Naked…and you gave me clothes!
Sick…and you came to visit me!
I was in prison …and you came to see me!’
But those righteous people answered him in surprise;
‘But when did we see you hungry and feed you?
Or thirsty and give you something to drink?
When did we see you a stranger and take you in?
Naked and give you clothes?
When did we see you sick, or in prison, and visit you?’
And the King will answer them: ‘I tell you, in truth, in the deepest truth, whenever you did these to even the least of my brothers and sisters you really did it to me.’
Then he will turn to the ones on his left and say:
‘Get out of my sight; you cursed ones, into the fire that was prepared for the devil and his angels,
because I was hungry... and you gave me nothing to eat!
I was thirsty…and you gave me nothing to drink!
I was a stranger… and you didn’t let me in!
Naked…and you gave me no clothes!
Sick, or in prison…and you didn’t visit me’!
Then they will answer him: ‘When, Lord, when? When didn’t we see you hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick, in prison and not serve you? When? When?’
And he will answer them ‘I tell you, in truth, in the deepest truth, whenever you failed to do this to even the least of my brothers and sisters you failed to do it to me.” And these people will go to eternal punishment but the righteous to eternal life.’