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September 29, 2006

For the Feast of the Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, 29 September

John 1:47-51

Today in the Gospel, Christ tells a disciple he shall see Christ, the Son of Man, stretched between heaven and earth, with the angels ascending and descending upon Christ as upon a ladder.
However, the angels are not the only ones who cross between heaven and earth.
We human beings also go through Christ who bridges heaven and earth.
The angels, then, accompany us on our way to the Father in Christ.
God sends us the angels as messengers, helpers, guides, spiritual relatives.
An angel announced God’s word to Mary and she conceived of the Holy Spirit, bringing to birth the Son of God by whom angels and men pass between heaven and earth.
Angels announced his birth to the shepherds of Bethlehem, and taught the Church to sing, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to the chosen ones of God.”
The Church again repeats the song of angels each time we sing, “Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of Hosts!”
Angels accompanied and served Christ when he fasted and prayed in the desert.
Perhaps it was also angels who tore in two the sacred veil of the temple at the moment Christ was torn from life on the cross.
The Gospel [Mt. 28] tells us an angel tore open the empty tomb to reveal the resurrection of Christ and to preach the first good news of the resurrection:
He is not here.
He has risen as he said.

Angels were present when he ascended into heaven, and they comforted and urged his disciples on by saying:
Men of Galilee,
why do you stand looking into heaven?
This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven,
will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.

The Lord himself has told us that he will return to us at the end of time in the company of his angels to lead us into Paradise, where, together with the angels, we will celebrate our salvation and the eternal worship of God.
Angels were present throughout the life and work of Christ.
They are always present in the communion of saints where Christ in his Body–– Christ in his Church–– continues to carry out in us and through us the work of our salvation and the worship of our Almighty Father.
The angels are with us as we make our way to the Father.
They are witnesses and assistants as Christ gives us the name and the inheritance that belong to him as Son of God.
May the angels defend us against evil!
May we imitate them in giving glory now to God our Father!

That God Be Glorified in All


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