The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. Isaiah 40:5
Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Commemoration: Thomas Merton
O God, who by your Holy Spirit give to some the word of wisdom, to others the word of knowledge, and to others the word of faith: We praise your Name for the gifts of grace manifested in your servant Thomas Merton, and we pray that your Church may never be destitute of such gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Psalter: Psalm 26, 28 (M); 36, 39 (E)
Lessons: Amos 7:10-17, Revelation 1:9-16, Matthew 22:34-46
In the solitude of his island prison, John encountered the Risen Christ and recorded the encounter, as instructed, "in a book" to be sent "to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea."
John describes the glorified Christ in literally glowing terms:
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
This description would be a source of encouragement to the seven churches, with whom John identifies as their "brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus." Christ, having endured suffering, is now robed in glory. The churches will share in his victory by enduring their own time of trial with patience and perseverance. For it is in the midst of "the tribulation" and "the patient endurance" that "the kingdom" is brought forth.
Conditor Alme Siderum (Creator of the Stars of Night)