Friday, September 28, 2007
Feast of the Archangels
Today is now the feast not only of St. Michael the Archangel, but also of Gabriel and Raphael. These three archangels are known by name and venerated in both the Jewish and Christian traditions. Michael is the "warrior" who defends us; Gabriel is the one who announces good news; Raphael is the one who helped Tobias, protecting him on his journey.
The first reading from the book of Revelation tells of Michael and his angels at war with Satan and his angels and how Satan and his followers are all thrown out of heaven.
The responsorial psalm says: "In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord."
In the Gospel Jesus tells Natanael, Amen, amen, I say to you, you wil see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
Angels exist! They are still sent by God to defend us, announce good news, and protect us on our journey. Let is thank God today for the creation of angels!
More about them on October 2 when we celebrate all the angels!