7th 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
Mt 5: 33-48
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Our tradition has said that if someone hurts you, they should be punished in equal measure to how much they hurt you: eye for an eye, tooth for tooth. But I am telling you: don’t react to the wicked. If they insult you, take it; be prepared to accept even more insults. If they take you to court wanting your best suit, give them your whole wardrobe. If a hitchhiker wants a lift, drive him all the way to his destination. Be generous to all, don’t even look away and find excuses when someone wants to borrow from you.
‘Our tradition has told you: love those who belong to your own group and hate your enemies. But I am telling you: love your enemies, pray for those seeking to destroy you. When you act like this you are truly God’s children. God doesn’t give the sun or the rain depending on whether we have been bad or good. God just gives. How can you think well of yourself for loving those who love you: even the mobsters and drug dealers do that? And what’s so special about welcoming those who welcome you? Even the worst of people do that. You must act towards all people as your Father in heaven acts towards them.’