31st Sun Year 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
Jesus was being questioned by representatives of the various religious and secular groups, the Pharisees, Herodians and Sadducees. A scribe, which was a type of religious lawyer, came near and listened and, being impressed by how well Jesus answered them, asked, ‘Which is the most important commandment of all?’ ‘The first commandment,’ Jesus answered, ‘is this. Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the one, only Lord. And you shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, with all of your mind, with all of your strength. This is the most important commandment. The second is like this: you shall love your neighbour as you love yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.’ And the scribe replied to him, ‘Beautifully put! That is so right. There is only one God and no other besides. And to love God with all one’s heart, with all one’s understanding, with all one’s soul, with all one’s strength and to love one’s neighbour as oneself, this is greater than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.’ When Jesus heard him speak with such understanding, he replied, ‘You are not far from the Kingdom of God.’ After that, no-one dared to ask him any questions.