14 Then I looked, and lo, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand.15 And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat upon the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.”
16 So he who sat upon the cloud swung his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.17 And another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.18 Then another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has power over fire, and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.”19 So the angel swung his sickle on the earth and gathered the vintage of the earth, and threw it into the great wine press of the wrath of God;
5 And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said,6 “As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
7 And they asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign when this is about to take place?”
8 And he said, “Take heed that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them.9 And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified; for this must first take place, but the end will not be at once.”
10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;11 there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
St JOHN record angels advising Christ the King that the harvest is ready to be reaped. Two other angels join this harvest festival, one who emerged from the altar whilst calling upon the One sitting on the throne to also harvest the grapes. This is a call from God reaching out to the apostles who are enduring persecution by the Romans, calling them to gather the sheep to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with the bread and wine, fruits of the harvest.
Herein we adduce Christs mystical relationship with His suffering Church, whereby He together with the angels gather in worship with us in the Eucharist feast, when the substances of bread and wine are transformed into His body and blood to strenghten us when terrors and pestilence seem to overwhelm us.
THE GOSPEL READING: Christ foretell the distruction of the temple made from stone followed by uprisings and the immergence of false prophets. Our Lord warn His disciples to not follow nor fear those whose intentions are of an evil nature, who purport to speak on His behalf. Moreover, He shall give His people signs from heaven—the Holy Ghost— to discern between good and evil.
History remind us that the Holy ark was not present in the second temple wherefore the Father’s house had become a house of trade.Jn 2:16 It was thus nessesary for Christ to “destroy” the old temple in order to establish a new covenant (Lk 22:20), whereby Christ claimed back His place in the Tabernacle. The wrath of God does not translate or imply evil, moreover it produced; love, compassion, mercy and forgivenes for you and me, whenever we receive Christs body and blood in a state of grace in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
LET US PRAY:Psalms 96:10-13
10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! Yea, the world is established, it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.”11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;12 let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the wood sing for joy
13 before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.