Posted by: livingscripture | September 29, 2009

Feast of Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Raphael

From the Word of the Day

 

War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.  The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.

                             (Revelation 12, 7-12)                                      

 How should we live this WordArchangels 1

 This passage, taken from the Book of Revelation, narrates the war that occurred in the invisible celestial spheres.  The angels warred against each other, these creatures made only of spirit.  Those faithful to God opposed in fierce battle, the angels who rebelled against the Creator.  One host was led by the Archangel Michael and the other by the dragon or Satan, ‘the ancient serpent’ of which Genesis speaks (3, 1).

 What is important here is the fact that this apocalyptic vision, divested of its symbolism, continues in our times.  There is a perennial battle between good and evil, between light and darkness.  Even today, the challenge for every person is to choose the light, the light that has a human-divine name.  It is the very person of Christ.  It is a comfort to be able to believe that precisely within the confusion, the contradictions, the controversies instigated constantly by Satan to make us fall there is the widespread presence of the Angels.  These spiritual beings, these messengers by name have this as their function, not as their nature.  The task of Michael, the great enemy of Satan, is to help us to live our spiritual dimension and our physical dimension well, as humans and not as animals.

 Michael’s name means ‘who is like God?’  Michael has been called the first humble being of history.  The other two Angels who are celebrated today and appear in the Bible are Gabriel, who brought the Good News to Mary, and Raphael which means ‘God’s Medicine’ because he helped Tobias cure his father’s blindness.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will think of the Angels who are great signs of God’s love for us.

 Lord, send many Angels along my way so that I may walk in obedience to Your love.

 The voice of St. Bernard of Chiaravalle

 Human beings are always escorted by Angels.  These enlightened spirits know very well that the human soul has more value than the entire world.

 


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