From the Word of the Day
Then I looked and there was a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man, with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.
(Apocalypse 14: 14)
John’s vision presents us with the Son of Man in a language and with symbols that remind us of the Book of the Prophet Daniel. Here, the author introduces a personage who evidently represents the Risen Christ the King. He enters on the scene on a cloud and is dressed in white, with a golden crown on His head. The sharp sickle He holds in His hand will be the instrument that allows Him to reap on the earth; a judgment understood, not as violence, but as the full revelation with the harvest of its consequences. It is like the farmer who has finished months of fatiguing work and can now harvest the fruit that He has saved and raised, overcoming storms, animal attacks, robberies. The fruit is his pride and joy. For God, the fruit is the people created in His image and likeness who have responded to God’s gift by acting in His image and likeness.
Lord, grant that each of us may be Your joy; that You may gather with satisfaction the fruit of Your labor in regard to humanity, finding each of us ready to be a fragment of You on the earth.
The voice of Ermes Ronchi, Theologian
Lord, You have created us for Yourself and our heart is restless until it rests in You.