3rd Sun Advent C
Sunday 23rd January 2022

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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

Lk 1:1-4, 4:14-21

Even though many have narrated our beliefs as they have been told to us by eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed a good idea for me, who has acquired all the details, to draw up an accurate account for you, my dear Theophilus so that you can be reassured about all you have been told.

Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit from his temptation in the desert and went to Galilee. His fame spread right through the region. He taught in their synagogues and was acclaimed by all. Then he came to Nazareth, where he had been reared. On the Sabbath day, he went to the synagogue, as he usually did. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him and he unrolled it till it came to the passage which read: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
for he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor,
to proclaim release for the captive,
sight to the blind,
release for the oppressed,
to preach the year of the Lord’s favour.’
He then rolled up the scroll, handed it to the attendant and sat down. Everyone looked at him intently. He then said, ‘Today, these words are being fulfilled even as you hear them.’