Baptism of the Lord
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
After John had prepared the people for the coming of the Messiah by preaching repentance, Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptised by him. But John objected saying, ‘Look, I need to be baptised by you!’ ‘But Jesus replied, ‘Leave it like this for the present. It works towards the fulfilment of all righteousness.’ So John let it be.
And look, when Jesus was baptised and coming up out of the water, the heavens were opened up to him and he saw the Spirit, descending like a dove and coming over him. Then behold, a voice from heaven was heard saying, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, in whom I take delight!’