3rd Sunday Easter
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 24: 35-48
The disciples, to whom Jesus had appeared at Emmaus, were describing what had happened on the way and how they recognised Jesus in the breaking of the bread, when, while they were still speaking, Jesus himself stood in their midst and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ They were dismayed and terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost. But Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you so upset? Why are you thinking and feeling like this? See here are my hands and my feet, look, yes, it is I, my very self. Touch me and understand that a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ While he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. They were so overjoyed they simply couldn’t believe it and wondered what was going on. So he said to them, ‘Do you have anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish. Taking it, he ate it while they watched.
He said to them, ‘What has happened, happened just as I told you it would and it happened that way to fulfil what was written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’ He then opened up their minds so that they might understand the Scriptures. He said to them, ‘So now you can see how the Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day. Now, beginning in Jerusalem, repentance for the forgiveness of sin is to be proclaimed to the entire world. You are the witnesses to all this.’