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Gospel Reflection

The time has come; the kingdom of God is upon us.
Let us repent and believe the gospel.
Listen to Jesus who proclaims good news,
which he alone fulfills.

Gospel Reading - The gospel must be preached

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3,4 And as he sat on the slopes of the Mount of Olives across the valley from Jerusalem, Peter, James, John, and Andrew got alone with him and asked him, "Just when is all this going to happen to the Temple? Will there be some warning ahead of time?"

5 So Jesus launched into an extended reply, "Don't let anyone mislead you," he said, 6 "for many will come declaring themselves to be your Messiah, and will lead many astray. 7 And wars will break out near and far, but this is not the signal of the end-time.

8 "For nations and kingdoms will proclaim war against each other, and there will be earthquakes in many lands, and famines. These herald only the early stages of the anguish ahead. 9 But when these things begin to happen, watch out! For you will be in great danger. You will be dragged before the courts, and beaten in the synagogues, and accused before governors and kings of being my followers. This is your opportunity to tell them the Good News. 10 And the Good News must first be made known in every nation before the end-time finally comes. 11 But when you are arrested and stand trial, don't worry about what to say in your defense. Just say what God tells you to. Then you will not be speaking, but the Holy Spirit will.

12 "Brothers will betray each other to death, fathers will betray their own children, and children will betray their parents to be killed. 13 And everyone will hate you because you are mine. But all who endure to the end without renouncing me shall be saved.

. . . .Mark 13:3-13

In the heavenly kingdom,
the blessèd have their dwelling place;
and their rest for ever and ever.

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.