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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 21,12-19): Jesus said to his disciples, «People will lay their hands on you and persecute you; you will be delivered to the Jewish courts and put in prison, and for my sake you will be brought before kings and governors (…). Through perseverance you will possess your own selves».

The "time of the Gentiles" and the persecutions

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

Today, the "Eschatological Discourse" alludes to the "time of the Gentiles" and to the persecutions. The "time of the Nations" —the time of the Church— is proclaimed in all the Gospels. The announcement of this time —and the task that derives from it— is a central point: the end of the world can come only when the Gospel has been brought to all peoples.

When referring to future persecutions here, too, the time of the Gentiles is presupposed, for the Lord says that his disciples will be brought not only before courts and synagogues but also before Governors and Kings. In other words, the proclamation of the Gospel will always be marked by the sign of the Cross: this is what the disciples of Jesus are to be learning over and over again in each generation.

—The cross is and remains the sign of the "Son of Man": truth and love have no other weapon in their battle against lies and violence than the witness of suffering.