The Gospel Reading for today, Luke 21.25-33, with Mark 13.24 ff., contributes to the description of the Second Coming of Christ, or the Parousia, in Matthew 24.29 ff.. Art historically, the relationship of the Parousia with images of the Last Judgment has been contentious (see Yves Christe, La vision de Matthieu (1973), but theology does not support this sophistry.
And then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud, with great power and majesty.
et tunc videbunt Filium hominis venientem in nube cum potestate magna et majestate.
The Gospel of Saint Luke 21.27
The Gospel of Saint Matthew adds the more intriguing detail of the sign of the Son of man.
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all tribes of the earth mourn: and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with much power and majesty.
et tunc parebit signum Filii hominis in caelo : et tunc plangent omnes tribus terrae : et videbunt Filium hominis venientem in nubibus caeli cum virtute multa et majestate.
The Gospel of Saint Matthew 24.30
Far more interesting art historically is the meaning of clouds to signify the majesty of God. See Observations on the Representation of Doxa in the Mosaics of S. Maria Maggiore, Rome, and St. Catherine’s, Sinai by William Loerke in Gesta (1981). The sign of the Son of Man is a topic for another day.
For an illustration of this chapter in Luke, not of the Parousia in today’s reading, but of the days of vengeance that will come before – a 15th/16th-century German manuscript illumination.
The Liturgical Year by Dom Guéranger
Homilies Of Feasts And Sundays By Catholic Church Fathers by D. G. Hubert (Washbourne, 1901) (see also)
Abridged Sermons for all the Sundays of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.
Readings for the Sundays and Holy Days of the Church’s Year (Bosworth, 1881).
Original, Short and Practical Sermons for Every Feast of the Ecclesiastical Year : Three Sermons for Every Feast by Francis Weninger (Lowen, 1882).
Analysis of the Gospels of the Sundays of the Year by Angelo Cagnolo (Benziger, 1892).
Sermons for Children’s Masses, Accorading to the Sundays and Principal Festivals of the Year by Raphael Frassinetti (Benziger, 1900).
Sermons from the Latins by James J. Baxter (Benziger, 1902).
Short Discourses for all the Sundays in the Year According to the Mind & Method of the Catechism of the Council of Trent by John McQuirk (St. Paul’s Library, 1908).
Meditations for Every Day
The Way of Salvation: Meditations for Every Day of the Year by Saint Alphonsus Liguori.
Meditations for Every Day in the Year by Roger Baxter (Benziger, 1823, reprinted in 1884).
Meditations for All the Days of the Year by M. Hamon (Benziger, 1894).
Meditations on the Life, the Teaching and the Passion of Jesus Christ for Every Day of the Ecclesiastical Year by Augustine Maria Ilg (Benziger, 1901).
Meditations for the Use of the Secular Clergy Volume II by Pierre Chaignon (Benziger, 1907).