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Sunday 33rd (C) in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 21,5-19): 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 (…)».

Hope: "disenchantment" has an eschatological dimension

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Pope Francis) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, Today the symptoms of disenchantment are varied, but perhaps the clearest ones are the "incantations made- to- measure": the enchantment of the technique which always promises better things, the enchantment of an economy that offers almost unlimited possibilities in all aspects of life that are included in the system, the spell of minor religious proposals, tailored for every need.

The disenchantment has an eschatological dimension. It strikes indirectly, by disregarding all definitive attitudes and, instead, it proposes those little charms that become "islands" or a "truce" against the lack of hope in the progress of the world in general.

-Hence the only human attitude to break these enchantments and disappointments is to place ourselves before the last things and ask ourselves: our hope, is it going well uphill or badly downhill? And then the question arises: can we respond? Do we have, as Christians, the word and the gestures that mark the way for hope for our world?

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