A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
Some were speaking of how the temple was adorned with precious stones and votive offerings. Jesus said, “These things you are contemplating – the day will come when not one stone will be left on another, but it will all be torn down.” They asked, “When will this occur, Teacher? And what will be the sign it is going to happen?” Jesus said, ”Take care not to be misled. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the one’ and ‘The time is at hand.’ Do not follow them. Neither must you be perturbed when you hear of wars and insurrections. These things are bound to happen first, but the end does not follow immediately.”
“Nation will rise against nation and empire against empire. There will be great earthquakes, plagues and famines in various places – and in the sky fearful omens and great signs. But before any of this, they will treat you roughly and persecute you, summoning you to synagogues and prisons, bringing you to trial before rulers and governors, all because of my name. You will be brought to give witness on account of it. I bid you resolve not to worry about your defense beforehand, for I will give you words and a wisdom which none of your adversaries can take exception to or contradict. You will be delivered up even by your parents, brothers, sisters, relatives and friends, and some of you will be put to death. All will hate you because of me, yet not a hair of your head will be harmed. By patient endurance you will save your lives.”
The Good News as spoken through Luke.