4th Sun B
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
Mk 1: 21-28
After calling his first disciples, Jesus went to Capernaum, and went, as he usually did on the Sabbath, to the synagogue. There he taught. The people were awed with amazement at his teaching for he taught as a person with authority, not like their usual teachers of religion, the scribes.
In the synagogue, there was a man with a destructive spirit, a demon, in him. This demon started yelling out: ‘Ah! What are you about? Leave us alone, Jesus of Nazareth! You’ve come to destroy us but we know who you are, the Holy One of God!’ Jesus reproved the demon: ‘Shut up and get out of him!’ The demon threw the man into convulsions then came out of him screaming. The people were stunned and were asking each other, ‘What is this? This really is something new: a person whose teaching has force behind it. This man gives orders to demons and they obey him!’ Straightaway, his reputation spread around the whole countryside of Galilee.