4th Sunday Lent A
Sunday 14th 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 3:14-21

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness so must the Son of Man be lifted up so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
This is how God loves the world: so much that God gave his only begotten Son so that whoever believes in him may not perish but may have life eternal.
For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world but rather that through him the world might be saved.
The one who believes in him will not be condemned. The one who does not believe is condemned already because that one has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son.
This is the nature of condemnation: that the light has come into the world and people have preferred darkness to the light, because of their evil deeds
For every person who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come into it, lest the nature of his or her deeds is exposed… But the one who lives truly, comes into the light, so that his or her deeds can be clearly seen and recognised that they have been done in God.