24th Sun B
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
Jesus left, with his disciples, for the suburbs around Caesarea Philippi and, on the way, he asked them, ‘Who do people say I am?’ They said, ‘John the Baptist, some say Elijah, while others say, one of the other prophets.’ Then he said to them, ‘Now you, who do you say I am?’ Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ!’ Jesus then ordered them to tell no-one about this.
So now he began to teach them that it was necessary for the Son of Man to suffer terribly, to be rejected by the political and religious leaders, to be killed and, after three days, to rise. He was saying this quite publicly but Peter took him aside in private and began to censure him. Jesus, turning, took in all the disciples with his look, and censured Peter, saying, ‘Get behind me Satan, for you do not treasure the ways of God but rather merely human ways.’
Then Jesus called the crowd to him, and his disciples as well and said, ‘Any person who wants to come after me, let each one take up his or her cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his or her life, will lose it, but anyone who loses his or her life on account of the gospel, will save it.’