5th Sun Lent B
Sunday 21st March 2021

Image supplied by Sr Cecilia Prest 'Gentle Light'

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 12: 20-33

In Jerusalem, there were some Greeks who had come to worship at the Feast of Passover. They came to Philip, who came from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, ‘Sir, we want to see Jesus.’ Philip went and told Andrew and together they went to Jesus.
And Jesus responded to them saying,
‘Now, the time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, I am speaking seriously: Unless a seed of grain falls into the earth and dies, it exists alone. But if it dies, it yields many grains.
Those who love their life, lose it but those who hate their life in this world, preserve it for eternal life.
If a person serves me, that one will follow me. Where I am, there will be my servant as well. If anyone serves me, my Father will honour that person.
Now my soul is troubled! What shall I say? “Father, save me from this hour.” But it was for this very hour that I have come. Rather ‘”Father, glorify your name!”’
Then there came a voice from heaven, ‘I have glorified it and I will glorify it even more.’
The people standing nearby, having heard this, said it was a clap of thunder but others said an angel had spoken to him. But Jesus answered them saying,
‘This voice wasn’t for my sake but for yours. The time of the world’s judgement has begun. Now the prince of this world is being cast out. And I, when I am lifted up, will draw all to myself.’ By this he meant the type of death he would die.