25th Sunday C
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
They left that area, passing through Galilee, and Jesus ensured that nobody knew about this because he was teaching his disciples. He was saying to them repeatedly: the Son of Man will be handed over into the power of men, who will kill him, and after he has been killed, he will rise on the third day. And they simply didn’t understand what he was saying and were too frightened to ask what it meant.
When they were at Capernaum, inside the house, he asked them what it was that they were arguing about along the way. But they were silent, for they had been arguing amongst themselves as to who was the greatest. So he called the Twelve, his inner circle, to him and said, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be prepared to be last and even the servant of all.’ Jesus then sat and drew a small child into the midst of them, and when he had embraced and taken the child into his arms, he said, ‘Whoever welcomes such a child in my name, welcomes me and whoever welcomes me, doesn’t welcome me but the one who sent me.’