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Sunday, 17th November 2019

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year C

Gospel according to St Luke 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?"

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.

"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."

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Reflection

LUKE 21:5-19

Verse 8 "Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them"

Jesus warns us in today's Gospel passage that false prophets and teachers will come and teach and preach a different Gospel from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ( God's word).
Further in 1 John 1-6 we read how to recognize false prophets. A true believer of the Lord Jesus Christ becomes not only a priest but also a prophet. This means when a believer of Jesus goes out to share, preach or teach the Gospel in accordance with the great commission(Mathew 28:18-20), the word preached will always be accompanied with signs and wonders (Mark 16:16-18).

As we study the Gospel today, reflect, meditate and do what it says we will be sensitive to God's word and reject everything and every word spoken contrary to the word of God. We will then be able to heed Jesus' words in verse 8, "Do not follow them" ,that is, not to follow the false prophets and teachers leading souls astray.

God has blessed you and your family.

Thanks to Vincent Lisboa for the Reflection
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