18th Sun Year 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
When Jesus was telling the crowds of the coming persecution of his followers and their need to trust in God, a man in the crowd cried out to Jesus, ‘Master, tell my brother to divide our inheritance with me!’ Jesus replied, ‘Listen, man, who made me a judge or the arbitrator of your claim?’ Jesus then went on, ‘Be careful, be on guard against the greed that is never content. A person’s life does not get its security from what a person owns, even if there is an over-abundance.”’
Jesus then told them this parable, ‘A rich man’s land gave a fantastic harvest. He wondered to himself, “What shall I do? I have nowhere to store this great harvest.” Then he said, “I know what I’ll do. I’ll pull down my barns and build even bigger ones to store all harvest and goods in them. Then, I’ll say to myself, ‘Man, you’ve got it made. All that stuff! Take it easy, eat, drink, have a good time.’”