5th Sun C
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
It happened that as Jesus stood by the lake of Gennesaret, the people were thronging up against him, trying to hear the word of God. He noticed two boats lying on the shore. The fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. Jesus stepped into the boat belonging to Simon and asked him to push out a little from the shore. Sitting down, Jesus taught the people from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he told Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon said to him, “Master, we have worked hard all night and didn’t catch a thing. But, since you say so, I’ll lower the nets.” And when they had done this, they caught such a large catch of fish that their net was breaking. They signalled their partners in the other boat to come and help. The catch filled their boat as well. In fact they were both almost swamped.
Seeing this, Simon fell at Jesus’ knees saying, “Leave me! I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he was overcome with awe, as were his companions, at the catch they had taken. So also were James and John, Simon’s partners. Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will catch people for life!” Bringing their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.