5th Sun Easter B
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
Remain in me as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot be fruitful of itself but must be part of the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who remain in me, with me in them, yield abundant fruit. Apart from me, you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is pruned, thrown away and withers. People gather such branches and cast them into the fire to be burnt.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you can ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.