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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 25: 1-14
The Kingdom of heaven is like ten bridesmaids, who took their lamps to go and met the bridegroom. Now five were sensible and five were stupid. The stupid ones took their lamps but didn’t take any oil, while the sensible ones not only took their lamps but extra oil as well. Well, the marriage negotiations went on and on, and the bridegroom was late, very late in coming. The bridesmaids grew drowsy and slept. All at once, deep in the night, the cry went up: ‘The Bridegroom is here! Go out to greet him.’ The bridesmaids jumped up and prepared their lamps to greet him. The stupid ones said to the sensible ones: ‘Give us your oil, our lamps are going out!’ They replied: ‘No way! There may not be enough to keep our lamps alight. You better go to the shops and buy some.’ While they were off buying oil, the bridegroom appeared and all who were ready went into the wedding feast and the doors were locked. Eventually the ones who went to buy oil turned up and called out: ‘Lord, lord we’re here! Open up! But the Bridegroom answered: ‘Who are you? I don’t know you.’ Therefore you should be alert because you do not know the time of the coming of the Son of Man.