28th Sun 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
Mk 10: 19-30
As Jesus was going on his journey, there was a man, who running towards him, knelt and asked, ‘What should I be doing that will earn me eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why are you calling me good? There is none good but God alone. You know the commandments: you must not commit adultery, you must not steal, you must not murder, you must not testify falsely, you must not cheat, honour your father and mother.’ And the man answered, ‘I have kept all these from my youth.’ And Jesus looked intently at him and loved him and said, ‘Ah, but there is one thing you lack. Go on your way, whatever you possess, sell and give the proceeds to the poor - then you will have treasure in heaven. And then, come follow me.’ Hearing this, the man’s face fell. He was stunned and went away distressed for he was a man of great wealth.
And looking around, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘How difficult it is for those with wealth to enter the kingdom of God.’ Now it was the disciples who were stunned at Jesus’ words. So Jesus explained to them, ‘How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter into the Kingdom of God. Easier it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a wealthy person to enter into the Kingdom of God.’ They were completely astounded at this and kept asking each other, ‘Well, then who could possibly be saved?’ But Jesus looked straight at them and said, ‘Humanly, it is impossible, not so for God. Everything is possible with God.’
Then Peter started, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus replied, ‘I am telling you seriously, there is not one person who has left home or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundredfold in this life, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, property, with persecutions; and in world to come, eternal life.’