14th Sun C
Sunday 3rd July 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 10:1-12, 17-19

After these things Jesus called together another seventy disciples and sent them out in pairs commissioning them to go to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, 'Indeed, the harvest is vast and the labourers are few. You should be praying to the Lord of the harvest to send labourers out into his harvest.'
'Look, be on your way! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not carry a purse, a begging bag, no sandals. Do not be waylaid in greeting friends. When you go into a house, greet the people with "Peace be to this household!" If people of peace live there, your peace will surely rest upon them there. If not, it will return to you.'
'Remain in that house, simply accepting whatever food and drink they have to offer, for workers deserve to be paid for their work. Don't go moving from house to house.

'And when you go into a city and they welcome you, eat whatever they put before you. Cure their sick and tell them, "The Kingdom of God is very close to you!" But is you go into a city, and they do not welcome you, just walk away from there saying to them, "We shake the very dust of this place from our feet. But know this for certain, the Kingdom of God has come into your midst. On the day of judgement, it will go easier with the city of Sodom that refused hospitality to Lot's guest than it will with your city"

When the seventy returned, filled with joy, they said, 'Master, even the devils obeyed us when we spoke in your name!' Jesus replied, 'I saw Satan falling like lightning from the sky. Look, I am giving you the authority to tread on scorpions and snakes and defeat every power of the enemy. Nothing will be able to injure you. But don't rejoice in this power. Rather rejoice that your names are written in heaven.'