33rd 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
Jesus said to his disciples, ‘In the days following the time of affliction, the sun shall grow dark, the moon will not give light, the stars will fall and indeed all the powers of the heavens will be destabilised. Then they will see coming, on the clouds of heaven, the Son of Man radiant with power and glory. He will send out his angels to gather the chosen from the ends of the world, from the breadth of earth to the heights of heaven.
‘Learn from the image of the fig tree. When its branches become supple and leaves begin to bud leaves, you realise that summer is near. So, in a similar manner, when you see these things happening, realise that he has come; indeed, he is even at the door. I am telling you seriously, this generation will not have died before you see these things happening. Heaven and earth may pass away but my words will never pass away. But, concerning the time when these things will take place, no person, no angel, not even the Son knows when it will happen. No-one knows but the Father.’