Holy Family B
Sunday 27th December 2020

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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 2:22-40

When the time for Mary’s purification according to the Law of Moses had come, the parents brought Jesus to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. (It is written in the Law that every first-born son is to be made holy to the Lord.) They did this according to the Law by offering a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.
And look, there was a man in Jerusalem, named Simeon, a devout and just man, who yearned for the consolation of Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him. In fact, it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not experience death until he had seen the Anointed One of God. So led by the Spirit, he came to the temple and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to carry out the customs of the Law, he took him in his arms and blessed God, saying,
‘Lord, you can now let your servant depart in peace,
just as you promised,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in sight of all the nations:
a light to enlighten the pagans
and glory for your people, Israel.’

Joseph and the child’s mother stood there, astonished at what was being said about Jesus. Simeon then blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, ‘Look, this child will be for the fall and the rising of many in Israel, a sign that will be rejected - yes, a sword will pass through your very soul - and the innermost hearts of many will be revealed.’

And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser. An elderly woman, she had been married seven years, when her husband died. Now she was now eighty-four, and she spent her time praying and fasting before God, night and day, never leaving the temple. Just at that moment, she too came and praised God. And she spoke about him to all who looked for the redemption of Israel.

When they had fulfilled all the requirements of the Law of God, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew up, strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and God’s favour was on him.