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Sunday's gospel
Second Sunday after the Cross Day
Matthew 24: 1-14
Signs of the End of the Age

1    Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to itsCopyright Image buildings.
2    "Do you see all these things?" he asked. "I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down."
3    As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"
4    Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you.
5    For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,[a]' and will deceive many.
6    You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
7    Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
8    All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9    "Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.
10    At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,
11    And many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.
12    Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,
13    But he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
14    And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Meditation:


In the Gospel according to Matthew, Jesus talked in His last speech about faith truths with a visionary literary style which describes the last events borrowing a figure from the Old Testament having as source the prohibitive literature and the Jewish literature. The aim of Jesus was to show how big and terrifying is what will take place at the end of the world. The ideas of today’s Gospel are numerous, for this reason we will pick two for the meditation: “And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold”, “He that endures to the end shall be saved”.
 “And because wickedness is multiplied, most men’s love will grow cold”: Since the first centuries and till our current days, those who believe in Jesus Christ faced persecutions, torture and injustice… Jesus invites us in this Gospel to put an end to wars, persecutions, discords, divisions, hate and evil in order to have access to the world of Kingdom, world of mercy, purity and holiness. For this reason, He invites us to live and spread the life of God in our souls as well as in others instead of sinking in worries, disorder and vices of evil which is sin in itself. All these seductive components make our heart cold. In order to fight this matter, we have to be armed with the Words of the Gospel and meditate them to live according to their principles and put all our faith and our absolute trust in them for they are those of God who talks to us continuously. He is the only One who protects us and helps us to face evil and dissipate all kind of incertitude and doubt which may attack our weak souls, he helps us as well to get away from dishonesty which makes us renounce to our principles, to our faith and to our love. Through the Words of the Lord, we have to be aware so that we stay away from swindle, lie and sin which destroy our soul and take us away from the love of God and the other.
“He that endures to the end shall be saved”:  the fundamental condition of salvation is to persevere till the end against all what may separate us from God including difficulties, temptations, diseases, persecutions and seductions.
We believe that each Christian who loved Jesus truly, will persevere till the end. Living love is stronger than death and stronger than any strength which may separate us from Jesus for Himself lived this principle and defeated the power of hell by that of His love towards His father and towards each one of us. We will win and we will persevere with the help of the One who loved us till death. Love, my dear brothers, cannot be defeated for it is from God and marks His presence in our hearts and our life. May it stay always in our heart.
This Gospel aims each one of us today in particular. Church, especially during the time of Cross, puts this text in front of our eyes and before our moral conscience so that we meditate it deeply.
In the light of this text, we remember that our current life is ephemeral and that each one of us will be judged at the end of his staying on earth. The Gospel invites us to believe in the second life and to deploy all the efforts to reach it.
Lord, may Your Words be the light, the strength and the way which lead us to You by defeating all kind of division, hate and sabotage especially from the Christian side in this torn country because of the distance that separates us from You and because of our betrayal to the law of love that You entrusted us with as well as because of our negligence to Your Gospel which is the one capable of unifying our hearts in the Holy Spirit. Amen