2nd Sun Advent B
Sunday 6th December 2020

Image supplied by Sr Cecilia Prest, "Tide's Out"

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

Mk 1:1-8 The Origin of the Gospel of Jesus, the Messiah, Son of God. As it was written in the prophets:
‘Look, I am sending my messenger before you
to prepare the way ahead of you.
The voice of one imploring in the wilderness:
Prepare the way of the Lord.
Straighten his paths.’

John the Baptist was in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the pardon of sins. All the people of the province of Israel and of Jerusalem went out to him and were baptised by him in the river Jordan and they confessed their sins.

John was clothed in camel’s hair with a leather belt and he ate locusts and wild honey.
And he proclaimed: there is one coming after me who is stronger than I am and before him I am not even worthy enough to act like a slave and undo his sandal strap. Indeed, I have baptised you with water but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.