Posted by: livingscripture | September 29, 2014

Twenty-sixth Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

 (John 1: 51)        

How should we live this Word Revelation20-1AngelWithChain_250

The readings of this week strongly lead us to think of the angels.  Today’s feast and that of next Thursday place these persons without bodies before us.  They are all spirit and soul, and enter into our life to mediate God’s mystery.  In the Old Testament, the three we celebrate today had taken on a body in some accounts.  They accompanied Tobias and healed Tobit.  They were in the furnace with Daniel.  In narrating the announcement to Mary of Jesus’ birth, Luke names Gabriel.  John in his vision at Patmos sees Michael fighting the dragon, the ancient serpent who seduces the earth.

How beautiful it is that these strong persons exist.  They are so united to God that they are His direct mediation.  Our situations are crossed by our uncertain decisions, our fears, our efforts, and enthusiasm.  We are also helped by the divine powers that do not substitute but rather reinforce our will when we desire to be more and more like God’s image and do His will with love.

Today Jesus responds to Nathaniel by promising the vision of these angels who descend and ascend before God.  It is the promise of a life entirely shared with God, in a face to face that is rendered possible for everyone through the mystery of the Incarnation.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall thank God for these spirit beings who are always ready to help me love and serve God and others for His sake. 

Lord, Your archangels protect our existence.  They have the power to heal our discouragement. They help us to struggle for the good and they bring us to see You face to face. 

The voice of the Liturgy 

O God who calls Angels and humans to cooperate in Your plan of salvation, grant to us pilgrims on earth, the protection of the blest spirits who stand before You in Heaven to serve You and contemplate the glory of Your face.


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