Baptism of the Lord
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
Lk 3:15-16, 21-22
Expectations had grown among the people and they began to wonder about John, as to whether he was the Christ, so he addressed them all, saying ‘I indeed baptise you with water but someone mightier than me is coming. I am not fit to untie the laces of his shoes. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.’
Now when all the people were baptised and Jesus, himself, having been baptised, was praying, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily shape looking like a dove. A voice came from heaven saying, ‘This is my Beloved. I am delighted with you.’