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Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Luke 21, 29-33

And he told them a parable, 'Look at the fig tree and indeed every tree.

As soon as you see them bud, you can see for yourselves that summer is now near.

So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near.

In truth I tell you, before this generation has passed away all will have taken place.

Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Gospel passage that we have heard is part of the last pericope of the eschatological discourse in the Gospel of Luke. The Church presents it as the liturgical year is about to end as if to connect us to Jesus’ thoughts as he lives his "last days." He is aware of this and prepares to live them so as to fulfil the Father’s will. And he does not fail to warn the disciples to be aware themselves of the times they must face. We can say that in the complexity of this, our world wounded by conflicts, wars, injustices, illnesses, hunger and so many other tragedies, Jesus invites us to not let ourselves be seized by fear and by turning in on ourselves, with the result that we resign ourselves to the power of evil. Jesus has come to save us from all forms of slavery, including resignation to Evil. With his presence the new time of liberation from evil and the establishment of salvation have begun. He is the dawn of a new world: his life, his love, his miracles, his resurrection are those sprouts that manifest the new spring in the world. Therefore, he exhorts the disciples: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near." Reading the Gospel and contemplating Jesus’ work, we know that a new world has already begun that of Jesus. And looking also at so many signs of love, perhaps as little as buds, we discern in them as already present and operative the world of the future, the one outlined by the Gospel, which Jesus continues to make ripen and grow. Where love sprouts, when forgiveness is shown, where mercy grows, where there is dialogue and where peace is established, there are the sprouts of the kingdom of God. Perceiving them, each one is called to make sprout also in his or her heart and life signs of love. This is how we hasten the full arrival of his kingdom. Jesus guarantees that his words are firm, firmer than heaven and earth. The Gospel of love, in fact, is the true rock, the true foundation, upon which to build one’s own life and that of the whole world.