Nov 23, 2012

Readers' Theatre: Luke 21


Here’s a readers’ theatre setting of Luke 21:25-36 (the suggested gospel reading for Advent 1, Year C).  I’ve added a few verses at the beginning to set the context.  You could leave those off if you prefer.

Readers’ Theatre
(Luke 21: 25-36)

One:     Jesus came to the Temple daily,
            teaching the people,
            and answering the questions of the priests and religious leaders.
            One day, some of his disciples began talking
            about the beautiful stonework of the Temple,
            and the memorial decorations on the walls. 
            Jesus said,

Two:     Go ahead, look around, and be impressed;
            but the days are coming
            when one stone will not be left standing on another.
            Everything here will be demolished.

One:     When will this happen, Teacher?
            And will there be any signs ahead of time?

Two:     There will be strange signs in the sun, moon, and stars.
            And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil,
            perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. 
            People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth,
            for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 
            Then everyone will see the Son of Man 
            coming on a cloud with power and great glory.
            So when all these things begin to happen,
            stand and look up, for your salvation is near!”

One:     Then he gave them this illustration:

Two:     Notice the fig tree, or any other tree. 
            When the leaves come out,
            you know without being told that summer is near. 
            In the same way, when you see all these things taking place,
            you can know that the Kingdom of God is near. 
            I tell you the truth,
            this generation will not pass from the scene
            until all these things have taken place. 
            Heaven and earth will disappear,
            but my words will never disappear.
            Watch out!
            Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness,
            and by the worries of this life.
            Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap.
            For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. 
            Keep alert at all times.
            And pray that you might be strong enough
            to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.