Reading 1, Daniel 12:1-3
1 'At that time Michael will arise -- the great Prince, defender of your people. That will be a time of great distress, unparalleled since nations first came into existence. When that time comes, your own people will be spared -- all those whose names are found written in the Book.
2 'Of those who are sleeping in the Land of Dust, many will awaken, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting disgrace.
3 Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightness, as bright as stars for all eternity.
Gospel, Mark 13:24-32
24 'But in those days, after that time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light,
25 the stars will come falling out of the sky and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
26 And then they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
27 And then he will send the angels to gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of the sky.
28 'Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
29 So with you when you see these things happening: know that he is near, right at the gates.
30 In truth I tell you, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place.
31 Sky and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
32 'But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.