The Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven is The Woman?
“But Father George! Father George! Do you always have to be such a contrarian?!”
I dunno. This kind of thing just happens to me. I was reading along in the apocalyptic chapter 24 of the Gospel of Matthew:
- καὶ τότε φανήσεται τὸ σημεῖον τοῦ Υἱοῦ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐν οὐρανῷ, καὶ τότε κόψονται πᾶσαι αἱ φυλαὶ τῆς γῆς.
- And then the Sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven and then all the tribes of the earth will be cut [to the quick].
We might well assume that the Sign of the Son of Man is the Cross. Maybe. We speak of “The Sign of the Cross,” right?
Speaking of that which is apocalyptic, people speak of “the warning” or “the illumination of conscience,” etc. Whatever you might think about that, Matthew 24:30 is inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is Sacred Scripture. There are two parts, the first causative of the second: (1) seeing the Sign of the Son of Man, and (2) all the tribes of the earth being cut [to the quick].
- Revelation 12:1 – “And a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.”
She’s with Child, the Son of Man, specifically, He is the Son of Man because He is the Son of Mary. A cross is a cross, and the Romans crucified multitudes of peoples on crosses. Sure, Jesus’ cross is well known. But are we talking about a sign merely pointing to Jesus, like a cross, or the Son of Man’s own sign for us about Him, which would, of course, be His Mother, with Child.
That the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God would be the Sign of the Son of Man simply makes sense to me, not only academically – and many passages fill my mind – but also in my heart and soul. This came to mind with a wave of filial devotion, like even bad and evil me understood a glimmer of the most tender devotion Jesus has for His dearest, dear Mother. It’s like, of course it’s her, with Child. It will be clear that the victory belongs to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
I dunno. Maybe. Let’s see:
Other references of seeing Him coming on the clouds with great power and glory, such as the second half of Matthew 24:30, or the Apocalypse 1:7, seem to refer to the second coming of Christ. Diversely, the first half of Matthew 24:30 discussed above and the Great Sign in heaven cited from the Apocalypse 12:1, seem to refer specifically to a period of great trial sometime during the history of the Church.
Lastly, about that word “cut” in Matthew 24:30; it’s to be taken as being cut to the quick, to the point of death. The verb in Greek refers to a very violent kind of cutting, as in hacking, chopping, you know, that kind of grieving, of contrition, of examination of conscience.
My suggestion is to be prepared for this by going to confession, and to prepare for such a confession by asking your guardian angel to just out and out tell you what you need to confess, something that was perhaps ambiguously confessed decades ago, something you forgot to confess. I asked my guardian angel for help, and did he ever! He didn’t use words, but he slammed things into my mind. Yikes! Yes, cut up, hacked up, chopped up is what happened to me with that fiery sword wielded by the angels back in Genesis. Great! I went to Confession. Thank you, Jesus!
If we are to see ourselves as we stand before God, don’t wait to be horrified with any burden of sin. Instead, rejoice in seeing what it’s like to be a soul who bears the presence of the Most Holy Trinity in sanctifying grace, what it means to be a Tabernacle of the Holy Spirit.
9 responses to “Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven: The Woman?”
Thank you, Father.
Alleluia, He is risen! Happy Easter to all! Especially to Aussie Mum who gets there, every year, before us!
As always, outstanding! I love the fact that the Son of Man and His Immaculate Mother still have great champions. Champions just as you are, Father.
I’m just a donkey priest…
Exactly right, Father. You are “Just” carrying Christ to us and raising Him aloft during every Consecration. But no pedestal for you, my fellow sinner! Like you, we must all take the least place at the wedding feast. So that the Groom may come and say “Friend, why do you sit here? Come to a higher place…”
This post make perfect sense to me, as well. Especially, but not limited to:
“My suggestion is to be prepared for this by going to confession, and to prepare for such a confession by asking your guardian angel to just out and out tell you what you need to confess, something that was perhaps ambiguously confessed decades ago, something you forgot to confess. I asked my guardian angel for help, and did he ever! He didn’t use words, but he slammed things into my mind. Yikes! Yes, cut up, hacked up, chopped up is what happened to me with that fiery sword wielded by the angels back in Genesis. Great! I went to Confession. Thank you, Jesus!”
I had an argument with a sibling before they died, and though I made an attempt at reconciliation, I refused to be bed-side at the end. Scripture tells me “if you remember that have a quarrel with your brother at the alter, leave your offering and go immediately and reconcile with him and then return.”
I didn’t “go”, I e-mailed. I expect that the “go” part was meant to be “face to face.” Perhaps I am being scrupulous, but if the realization of this abandonment is not being “cut to the quick,” I faint at what it really is to be so cut. Or maybe I do. -shudder-
So, you can politely ask your guardian angel to be gentle.
Donkeys are number one! Christ was born with them as witness and they carried Him to the most important event of our lives.
A blessed Easter to you Fr George. Thank you for this writing and for all your posts.
“The Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven is The Woman”
Oh Father, that sounds so right!
As 007 noted two posts back, “we see as if through a glass, darkly”. Then you write something like this that cuts through that dimness and we see through your eyes of faith and love and closeness to Our Lord, which penetrate the darkness better, to the glorious truth that has been staring us in the face.
We knew that God presented “The Woman” – the Mother of the Son of Man – to our 1st parents after they sinned at the dawn of history; He used words that time (Gen 3:15). We knew that God re-presented her to mankind at the dawn of our present age (16th century / Protestant Reformation); He used a vision that time: she was “… clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet …” (Our Lady of Guadalupe) which St John had already told us was the “great sign” that would appear in heaven. We were also aware that part-way through this rebellious age of ours as violence increased, pushed along by the French Revolution, that the Mother of God provided us with a miraculous medal (1830), the images thereon incorporating Genesis 3:15 and Apocalypse 12:1 as it summarised Salvation History. I could see all three things were connected and yet when my mother told me that the “Sign of the Son of Man in Heaven” would be a cross appearing in the sky for all the world to see I supposed she was right, until now. I am so dense!
Yes, God has been using Mary so much in these modern ages, to bring us to light, to bring us to task, and the two hearts of Mary and of her Son are so in union – I think it could be that the ‘sign’ is the figure and face of our Lady of Guadelupe -or maybe even of Our Lady of Knock, who in her total silence in the apparition at Knock,Ireland, echoes and suggests the Silence that manifests in heaven, as suggested in the Book of Revelation.