32nd 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
Now some Sadducees came to Jesus. These people denied that there is a resurrection so they asked him this question, ‘Master, Moses told us in the Law that if a man, who had a wife, died without having any children, his brother should marry this woman, and have a child by her, who would then be regarded as the child of the first husband. Now if there were seven brothers and the first married a woman but he died childless. Then the second married her and he died childless. Then the third married her and so it went down through the seven. They all died, childless. Then, last of all, the woman died. In the coming resurrection, whose wife would she be because she had been married to all of them!’
And Jesus answered them, ‘Yes, the children of this world marry and are given in marriage. But those who are worthy to enter into the next world and experience the resurrection neither marry nor are given in marriage because they do not die anymore. They are like the angels. They are children of God and children of the resurrection. The dead are raised and Moses himself reveals this in the passage about the burning bush, when he calls the Lord, “the God of Abraham the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob,” for he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for all live for him.’