Posted by: livingscripture | September 29, 2012

Twenty-fifth Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“You will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”  (John 1: 47-51)

                                                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

It is beautiful to perceive the friendly presence of the angels, messengers of the great events of the story of salvation.  Among these friends of God, three have a special ministry.  Michael means ‘who is like God?’ and he fights against evil as the protector of Israel and of the Church.  Gabriel means, ‘the one who brings glad tidings’ as when he appeared to Mary.  Raphael means ‘medicine of God’ and he discretely brings healing.

“You will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man”.  God is at the center with His Son, and the angels are called to serve them.  This is their theological importance.  For us they are a constant and continuous example of service, a specific service, to bring God’s message.  The angels are the presence of God, the signs of His presence, of His love, of His providence.  God manifests Himself in them for us.   They are God’s help, the sign that God comes for each one of us.  They help us to remain in contact with God, descending and ascending, continuously in relation, God with us and we with God.

We usually accept the mystery of the incarnation of ‘God with us’ without much difficulty.  Instead, the idea of ‘we with God’ can be challenging because we are fragile humans able to run away from God’s love.  Thus, the archangels can help us to be a bit like Nathaniel, ‘there is no duplicity in him’.  They can help us to refrain from fooling ourselves, accepting to be with God, the only way to spiritual growth.  They can help us not to fool others, but rather, treat them as children of the same Father, taking care of them, and promoting their growth.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will be more aware of the angels and thank God for their presence in my life.

I will pray like the apostle, ‘You are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel’. 

The voice of Raoul Follereau, Witness

Give us the strength to love those who do not first love us, those whom no one loves, those for whom, when the Hour strikes, everything is finished forever.

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