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There will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down..
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 21:5-11
While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings,
Jesus said, “All that you see here– the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”
Then they asked him,
“Teacher, when will this happen?
And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”
“See that you not be deceived,
for many will come in my name, saying,
‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’
Do not follow them!
When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”
Then he said to them,
“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
We are in the era of inconsistencies. There are more and more beauty clinics and gyms to take care of the aesthetics of the body, but at the same time, the body is increasingly profaned as a temple of the Holy Spirit. In the time of Jesus, it was votive offerings to beautify the temple, and now it’s Botox to beautify the temple of the body. But the Lord directs us all to the end, to the ultimate goal. Attention is being focused on the superficial. The temple of the body is truly beautified through communion between people. If I love my body, I shouldn’t worry about how wrinkled it gets or when its end will come. Let us not panic, because decay and death must come so that the kingdom of God can come definitively. That will indeed be beautiful, and muscles and renewed skin will have no value there. There, we will be examined for the beauty of our soul, a soul that only grows and beautifies when it loves. Here at Proyecto Amor Conyugal, we work for the beauty of the souls of spouses. And it’s free. Are you interested?
Applied to married life:
Alicia: Look, Juanjo, look how many wrinkles I have! I should have gone to the hair salon weeks ago.
Juanjo: You look beautiful, Alicia. Your soul shines even more, and it enhances your body. I don’t know anyone who has the kind of gaze you have: Clean and pure. And I don’t know anyone with a more beautiful body than yours: A body that gives itself every day to the point of exhaustion. And your smile? Incomparable. It radiates joy. Every day, you become more beautiful, to me and to God.
Alicia: Really? Don’t you think I look horrible?
Juanjo: I promise you, I like you more every day.
Let us focus on where true beauty lies, within ourselves. Praised be the Lord, who beautifies us from within.