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Tuesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (Lk 21:5-11): Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived" While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here– the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we hear part of 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 an 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."