Jesus Our Shepherd
Luke 21:5-19
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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 happen, Teacher? And what will be the sign that it is arriving?” Jesus replied, “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 troubled 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. Yet 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 my account. I tell you not to be concerned about your defense beforehand. I will give you words to speak, and a wisdom that no adversary will rebuke or contradict.

“You will be delivered up even by your parents, brothers and 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.”