3rd Sun Advent B
Sunday 13th December 2020

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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

Jn 1: 6-8; 19-28

There was a man commissioned by God
and his name was John.
He came as a witness to bear testimony about the Light
so that all should believe through him.
He was not the Light
but he came to bear testimony about the Light.

And this is the testimony of John.
When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him,
‘Who are you?’
he avowed publically, he did not deny it, he avowed,
‘I am not the Anointed One.’
So they asked him, ‘What! Well, are you Elijah?’
He said, ‘I am not.’
‘Are you the Prophet?’
They said to him then, ‘Well, who are you? We have to give an answer concerning you to those who sent us.’
He said, ‘I am the sound of one imploring in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord, just as the prophet Isaiah said.’
These questioners had been sent by the Pharisees and they now asked him, ‘Then why are you baptising if you aren’t the Anointed One, or Elijah, or the Prophet?’
John answered them, ‘I baptise with water but there is one in your midst of whom you are not yet aware, he it is who is coming after me and I am not fit to act like the lowest slave and untie his sandal.’
These things happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan where John was baptising.