All Saints Day
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
Seeing the suffering and distressed crowds who had come to him for healing, Jesus went up the holy mountain. Taking his place as a teacher, his disciples came to him and he began to teach them.
God blesses those who accept their vulnerability. They are open to God in all things.
God blesses those whose hearts are broken. They will know God’s healing love.
God blesses those who are neither aggressive or weak. Accepting themselves they will possess all things.
God blesses those consumed by zeal for God. They shall receive their desires.
God blesses those who give freely from a compassionate heart. They will share God’s heart.
God blesses those who desire only God. God will be radiant in them.
God blesses those who create peace. They will be recognized as born of God.
God blesses those scorned for desiring God. They will be part of the reign of God.
God blesses you when you are unjustly hated, reviled and persecuted for belonging to God. Rejoice, celebrate, because your fulfilment will be with the prophets, the wise ones of God, who were persecuted before you.