Posted by: livingscripture | September 29, 2010

Feast of the Archangels

September 29, 2010 – Saints Michael, Gabriel, and 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: 7-8          

 How should we live this Word

We are dealing with an allegorical vision described by the author of the Book of Revelation.  Michael is the archangel whose Hebrew name means ‘Who is like God?’  Thus, his very name is a challenge against those who, like Satan here portrayed as a dragon, arrogantly oppose the Creator’s salvific sovereignty. The description of the struggle between God and Satan, the ancient serpent referred to in Genesis 3: 1 is an intense as an epic poem.  It highlights the absolute and victorious omnipotence of God and, at the same time, makes us aware that the war is still raging.  Satan loses the war in heaven, but thrown down to earth, it seeks to seduce us to evil.  Thus our life on earth is a battle.

However, what fills our heart with confidence is the cry cited in today’s passage, “Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed.  For the accuser of our brothers is cast out” (Rev. 12: 10).             

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will invoke the Archangel Michael and with him, Gabriel, the archangel of the good news of the Incarnation of the Word to the Virgin Mary, and the archangel Raphael, so efficaciously remembered in the Book of Tobias.  I will invoke their radiant power that, in Christ Jesus, overcomes evil.

 Lord, my life is a struggle, though there are times of peace.  I know You are with me, Jesus, to give me victory.  Sustain me in this certainty of faith and grant that I may live it with the help of the Archangels as well.

The voice of Dionigi Areopagus, Church Father

They are highly pure, not only in the sense that any impurity, any ugliness ever soils them and they are not subject to the laws of our material imaginations, but above all because they are inaccessible to every start of degradation.  They are also equally, contemplative…They are perfect, not because they possess hidden mysteries under the truth of symbols, but because in their high and intimate union with the divinity, they acquire, they touch divine things, the high intelligence that dominates the Angels.

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