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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
Jn 20: 19-31
On the evening of that first day, the disciples had locked themselves away in fear of the Jews. Then Jesus just came and stood in their midst saying: ‘Peace to you!’ As he said this he stretched out both his hands to show his wounds and he also showed them his side. The disciples were overwhelmed with joy on seeing the Lord. Again he said to them: ‘Peace to you! As the Father has sent me, I send you.’ Then he breathed on them saying: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit! If you forgive someone’s sins, they are forgiven, if you do not forgive, they are unforgiven.’
Thomas the Twin, one of the disciples, wasn’t there with them that night when Jesus came. When they told him: ‘We have seen the Lord!’ he said: ‘Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails and can thrust my finger where those nails were, and unless I can thrust my hand into his side, I refuse to believe!’
A week later, they were together in the house and Thomas was with them. Jesus came into their midst, again through locked doors, and said: ‘Peace to you!’ Then he said to Thomas. ‘Here, come, bring your finger, see, here, are the marks! Bring your hand, thrust it into my side! Do not be unbelieving but believe!’ Thomas answered: ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus answered: ‘Because you’ve seen me, you believe. God blesses those who, without seeing, still believe.’
Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples but they haven’t been written down in this book. These were written down so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and, by believing, have life in his name.