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Liturgical day: Sunday 33rd (B) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 13,24-32): «Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But, regarding that Day and that Hour, no one knows when it will come, not even the angels, not even the Son, but only the Father». Jesus said to his disciples: «Later on, in those days after that disastrous time, the sun will grow dark, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall out of the sky and the whole universe will be shaken. Then people will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And He will send the angels to gather his chosen people from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the sky.

»Learn a lesson from the fig tree. As soon as its branches become tender and it begins to sprout leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the time is near, even at the door. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all this has happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But, regarding that Day and that Hour, no one knows when it will come, not even the angels, not even the Son, but only the Father».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today, Jesus Christ is announcing the End of Time and the Last Judgment. The language style is "apocalyptic": "The sun will grow dark, the moon will not give its light...". The Lord is talking about big events and, for that, he uses great and spectacular images. Is this all going to happen? No and yes! "No" regarding how this will happen; "Yes" regarding what is going to happen. The fundamental thing is the "what"; the "how" simply indicates the importance of what will happen. So what is going to happen? This world will pass away and we will be judged.

-Is this that terrible? Not at all, in fact this is expected. The angels themselves will accompany us before Jesus of "great power and glory" ... And we will be examined by Love ... Exciting!