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Liturgical day: Tuesday 34th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 21,5-11): They asked him, «Master, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?». Jesus then said, «Take care not to be deceived». While some people were talking about the Temple, remarking that it was adorned with fine stonework and rich gifts, Jesus said to them, «The days will come when there shall not be left one stone upon another of all that you now admire; all will be torn down».

And they asked him, «Master, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?». Jesus then said, «Take care not to be deceived, for many will come claiming my title and saying: ‘I am he, the Messiah; the time is at hand’. Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and troubled times, don't be frightened; for all this must happen first, even though the end is not so soon». And Jesus said, «Nations will fight each other and kingdom will oppose kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and plagues; in many places strange and terrifying signs from heaven will be seen».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we hear part Jesus’s "Eschatological Discourse". These are his prophecies about the end of time. Jesus Christ is the Prophet, the final one. But, what is a prophet?: A fortune-teller? A visionary? The pagan prophets are mere fortune-tellers who satisfy the curiosity of their listeners. And Jesus? He - as a good prophet - is a teacher: he shows us the path we must follow ...

- So what is the path in front of such apocalyptic event? Attitude of vigilance, "for many will come claiming my title." For some centuries, the favourite "sport" of many people is taking the place of God. Well, you know the answer: "Do not follow them."