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
Look! When Jesus had been born in Bethlehem in Judea in the reign of King Herod, three wise men from the east appeared in Jerusalem. ‘Where is the new born King of the Jews?’ they asked. ‘We saw his star rising in the east and have come to give him homage.’ When Herod heard this he was agitated and then all Jerusalem was too. He called together all the leading priests and religious experts and demanded, ‘Where is the Messiah to be born?’ They said, ‘In Bethlehem, in Judea, because it was written in the prophets: “And you Bethlehem, in Judea, you are by no means the least amongst the princes of Judea, for out of you will come the Leader who will shepherd my people Israel.”’
Then Herod called the wise men in privately and asked them particularly for the time when the star appeared. Then he sent them on to Bethlehem saying, ‘Go, search carefully for the child and when you have found him, let me know. Then I’ll come and pay him homage.’ After hearing this, they went and, look, the star they had seen in the east led them on and stood over the place where the child was. When they saw the star they were overcome with joy. Coming into the house, they saw the child with Mary, his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts: gold frankincense and myrrh.
God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod so they returned to their home country by a different route.