33rd 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
When some of the disciples admired the fine stonework of the Temple and the gifts with which it was adorned, Jesus said, ‘All this magnificent work which you are admiring – the days will come – will be destroyed with not a stone left on a stone.
And they asked him, ‘Master, when will this happen? What sign will there be to warn us?’ But he said to them, ‘Take care that you are not deluded for many will come in my name saying, “I am the Christ and the time has come.” Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and catastrophes, do not be distressed. Such things must happen before the end, but the end is not so close.’
Then he said to them, ‘Nation will war against nation, kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in different places, famines, plagues, terrifying events and great signs in the heavens. But before all this, you will be will captured and persecuted. You will be delivered up to religious authorities and cast into prisons. You will be arraigned before kings and rulers on account of my name. This will be your turn to witness. Set your heart on this: do not prepare what you will say, as I will give you a voice and answers which your adversaries will not be able to counter or resist. You will be betrayed by parents and siblings and relatives and friends and some of you will even be put to death. And you will be hated by all because of my name but not a hair of your head shall be destroyed. In patience, you will possess your souls.