32nd 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
As he taught them, Jesus said, ‘Watch out for and don’t be taken in by the scribes, those religious lawyers, who go about in distinctive clothes and expect to be greeted publicly with dignified words, who insist on the front seats at public prayers and the dignitaries’ table at banquets. These are the ones who steal the estates of widows even while they look like they are being prayerful. You can’t believe what damnation awaits them.’
Jesus sat down opposite the collection box of the Temple, watching how the crowd put their money into the box. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a certain poor widow came and threw in two cents, a mere pittance. Jesus then called his disciples over and said, ‘Look, I am telling you seriously, that poor widow gave more than all the other people who put money in the collection box. They gave from their abundance, while she, in her destitution gave everything she had, her whole income.’
As Jesus went out of the temple, one of his disciples said, ‘Master, just look at these amazing stones, this wonderful building!’ And Jesus answered him saying, ‘You think this looks like an amazing building – why not a stone will be left on another stone!’