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Wednesday of the 26th Week in the Ordinary Time Download This Homily

October 2, 2019

Wednesday of the 26th Week in the Ordinary Time

 

Ex 23: 20-23

Ps 91: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 10-11

Mt 18: 1-5, 10

 

The Feast of Guardian Angels

 

Gospel Reading


At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.


‘Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven

 

Reflection


The Holy Guardian Angels

 

Every individual soul has a guardian angel. Angels are mentioned throughout the Bible in both Old and New Testaments. The name angel means "messenger." That is their primary function in the Bible. They see God face to face and in that way they are superior to humans.


In Genesis 28-29, angels not only act as the executors of God's wrath against the cities of the plain, but they deliver Lot from danger; in Exodus 32:34, God says to Moses: "my angel shall go before thee." At a much later period we have the story of Tobias where angel takes care of him.  Lastly, in Daniel 10 angels are entrusted with the care of particular districts; one is called "prince of the kingdom of the Persians", and Michael is termed "one of the chief princes";   Thus the Old Testament conceived of God's angels as His ministers who carried out His demands and who were at times given special commissions, regarding men and mundane affairs.


But in the New Testament  the Angels are the intermediaries between God and man; and Christ set a seal upon the Old Testament teaching saying; "See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven" (Mt 18/10). A twofold aspect is here put before us: even little children have guardian angels, and these same angels lose not the vision of God by the fact that they have a mission to fulfill on earth.


We also have the instance of the angel who assisted Christ in the garden, and the angel who delivered St. Peter from prison.  Hebrews 1:14 puts the doctrine in its clearest light: "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for them, who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?" This is the function of the guardian angels; they are to lead us, if we wish it, to the Kingdom of Heaven.


Do angels visit us today, invisible, yet moving among us powerfully? Matthew seems to say that in today's Gospel reading. With regard to children, he writes that Jesus said, "See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven" (Mt. 18:10). This suggests that there are angels watching over the people of the world, reporting what we do and what happens to us to God the Father.


Jesus mentions the guardian angels to show that God honours children above all others, and promises to defend them against evil. He even sends his invisible messengers to watch over them. He says they are the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.


The fact that God sends guardian angels shows what a dangerous situation every one of us lives in. This God is the Good Shepherd who searches and rejoices over every lost sheep that he finds. He saves his people from catastrophe by sending angels to protect them. He saves them from eternal death by sending His Son to die in their place. He sent no angel. It was Jesus, God himself, who took away our sin and set us free.


The angels always see the face of the Heavenly Father. They are powerful and active in our modern world. They serve our God by protecting us from evil beyond our ability to see. Angels are another sign of the goodness of our loving God.

 

 Fr. Cyril Kuttiyanickal CMI

 

 


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