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October 02, 2006

For the Memorial of the Guardian Angels, October 2

Matthew 18:1-5,10

“Angel” is from the Biblical Greek word for “messenger”.
Jesus speaks of his little ones having angels— messengers— in heaven who always look upon the face of the heavenly Father.
The Word of the Lord also tells us God sends these messengers to guard us as we follow Christ to the Father.
Messengers, guardians, 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.
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 favored 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.

When Christ ascended into heaven, angels were present to tell his followers:
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.

Jesus told us he will return 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— carries on 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 through the same Body and Blood of Christ that the angels worship in heaven!

That God Be Glorified in All


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