Saturday 29 September 2018

About Today Readings

Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14. Psalm 137(138):1-5. John 1:47-51.

In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord—Psalm 137(138):1-5.

‘You will see the angels of God ascending and descending.’

Angels have long been venerated in the Judaeo-Christian tradition and in the popular piety and liturgical celebrations of the church.

Consider how often they are referred to in the text of the Mass. Most notable among these ‘godsends’ are the three archangels whose feast we celebrate today:

– Michael the protector,
– Raphael the spiritual guide and
– Gabriel the bringer of good news.

The specific missions assigned to these angelic messengers point to the ways in which our loving God intervenes in human history and in our own daily lives. Often in the person of a friend, a mentor or a family member but sometimes in a chance acquaintance.

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