Awhile back, the angels asked to to dedicate Sundays to the Gospels. With Love and Gratitude, here is the Gosepl of Luke 21: 5-19. LK 21:5-19
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?”
“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.
“Before all this happens, however,
they will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons,
and they will have you led before kings and governors
because of my name.
It will lead to your giving testimony.
Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends,
and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
Jesus is drawn into discussing the end after gazing into the Temple and anticipating its demise. Such awareness is healthy and necessary for all mature believers.
Realizing that fascination with the end times will attract charlatans who hope to profit from fears and uncertainty, Jesus warns of con men who will claim his identity.
With the warning comes a promise that perseverance will bring salvation. [see reference]
Jesus reminds us that He remains with us, even to the end of times. Focusing on His gaze (of Divine Strength) and knowing that He continues to guide our hearts and minds (throughout all times) is important for all to recognize.
Jesus had come at a time where His Word was considered illegal to some that did not recognize Him. In those times, the community would consider you an outcast if you were not to follow their (then) customs, which unfortunately could also cause division within families, imprisonment and even death. Fortunately for all, Jesus is, was and always will be, the true Salvation. Jesus is Lord over all and the True Holy Begotten Son of God Almighty. Persevering in faith and in His Word is something we are called to do in every generation. In Jesus name.
Reference: Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word.