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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

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Sts. Michael, Gabriel,
& Raphael

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 or
Revelation 12:7-12
Psalm 138:1-5
John 1:47-51

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a date with the angels

"War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon." —Revelation 12:7

The angels are part of God's plan of salvation. To live the abundant life and proclaim the full gospel, we must get to know the angels and let them do God's work in our lives (Heb 1:14). The archangels lead other angels, and we must know these three leaders to get acquainted with the others. The Bible names only three angels. This may mean we are to get to know them personally, but we find this difficult since angels are far different creatures than we are.

In fact, it's easier to get to know God than angels because God became man. No angel has become man. Angels are neither human nor divine; they're just angels, totally different from earthly creatures. The Holy Spirit bridges the gap between human beings and the holy angels. After Pentecost, Christians experienced a flurry of angelic activity because the Holy Spirit was teaching them how to make use of the angels' services (Jn 14:26). The Spirit often first acquaints you with Michael (Dn 10:13), who sometimes works with Gabriel (Dn 8:16; 9:21; 10:13). Next you'll meet Raphael (Tb 12:12-15). At that point you'll know the three lead angels, and knowing them puts you in touch with all the heavenly host. God sends angels not as optional extras, but as agents for full life in the Spirit.

Prayer:  "St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. Rebuke him, O God..."

Promise:  "I solemnly assure you, you shall see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." —Jn 1:51

Praise:  "Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord, praise and exalt Him above all forever" (Dn 3:58).

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 8, 2010

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