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Today’s Reading: Luke 17:20-37

20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed;21 nor will they say, Behold, here it is!’ or There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

22 And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, Behold, there!’ or Behold, here!’ Do not go, do not follow them. 24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of man be in his day. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26 As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of man. 27 They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28Likewise as it was in the days of Lot they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built, 29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and brimstone rained from heaven and destroyed them all 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 On that day, let him who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who is in the field not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife. 33 Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35There will be two women grinding together; one will be taken and the other left.”37 And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”

 

Today’s Commentary:

Jesus announces the coming of the kingdom of God in the days of the Son of man. Two considerations suggest he is forewarning the disciples of the downfall of Jerusalem. (1) Many of the sayings collected here appear in the Olivet Discourse, where they more explicitly refer to the doom that awaits the city and the Temple (Mt 24-25; Mk 13). (2) Mention of the days of the Son of man (17:22) is echoed later in Luke when reference is made to the “days” when foreign armies will besiege the city (19:43) and the “days” when the Temple will be devastated (21:6).

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