3rd Sun Lent
Sunday 7th March 2021

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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

Jn 2: 13-25

When Passover time came round, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found cattle, sheep and dove traders, as well as money changers sitting around. Making a whip out of small cords, he drove the lot out, both cattle, sheep, the traders, and he threw away the money and overturned the tables of the money changers. To the people who sold the doves he said: ‘Get these things out of here and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.’
This reminded his disciples of the scripture: ‘Zeal for your house has devoured me.’
Then the Jews reacted, saying: ‘What gives you the right to do these things?’
Jesus answered them saying: ‘Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.’
The Jews responded: ‘Forty six years it took to build this temple and are you going to raise it up in three days?’
But he was talking about the temple of his body. When he was risen from the dead, the disciples remembered what he had said and they believed the scriptures and the words Jesus had said.

Now while they were in Jerusalem, many people came to believe in his name after seeing the signs that he did but he did not entrust himself to them because he knew what they really were like. He didn’t need to be told about any person, he could tell what was in each one.