THEME: FOR YOU HAS HE COMMANDED HIS ANGELS
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, the words of Scripture are true in all seasons, and it’s upon this solid foundation that the Holy Catholic Church throughout the centuries continues to affirm that we all have Guardian Angels, and dedicates October 2 to the celebration of the Holy Guardian Angels barely three days after remembering the Archangels: Michael, Raphael and Gabriel. For Psalm 91 says: Upon you no evil shall fall, no plague approach where you dwell; for you has he commanded His Angels to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you upon their hands, lest you strike your foot on a stone…. To sum it up, Our Blessed Lord gives the assurance of God’s protective care over little children through his Angels in Matthew 18: 10: See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my father who is in heaven.
Although, the Church does not have a defined article of faith on the matter that each individual soul has a guardian angel, this belief has always been on the “mind of the Church” as St. Jerome expressed it: how great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it (Comm. in Matt., xviii, lib. II). Other Church Fathers also strongly affirm this belief. For instance, St. Basil in his Homily on Psalm 43 and St. Chrysostom in his Homily 3 on Colossians held that only the members of the Church were privileged to have Guardian Angels.
Myriads of allusions are made to the theme of Angels in the Sacred Scriptures, and these passages support the fact that angels are not only executors of God’s wrath, but they are protectors of individual persons. In Genesis 18-19, we read that angels protected Lot from danger. In Exodus 32:34, we read where God said to Moses, “My angel shall go in front of you.” In Daniels 10, we read of angels who are entrusted to protect certain districts. One angel is called the “prince of the kingdom of the Persians.” Michael, the archangel, is called “one of the chief princes” (Dan. 12:13) In the Book of Sirach, we read, “He appointed a ruler for every nation, but Israel is the Lord’s own portion.” (Sir. 17:17). In the New Testament, we find specific cases of angels coming to the help of those in need. In the Gospel of Mark, we read of the angels who ministered to Jesus when He was in the wilderness for forty days (Mk. 1:13). In the Acts of the Apostles, we read of the angel who freed Peter from prison (Acts. 5:19). In the Letter to the Hebrews 1:14, we read, “Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?”
In summary, the angels are sent by God to lead and protect the cooperative souls on the way of to salvation, the Kingdom of God is the last bus stop; the ultimate end. It’s in view of all these facts, that Holy Mother Church thought it wise for the Body of Christ to allocate a special day called, the Memorial of the Guardian Angels.” The official Feast, restricted to certain areas that had requested such a Feast, finds its origin around the end of the 1500’s. It was not until September 27, 1608 that Pope Paul V placed the Feast of Guardian Angels into the Liturgical Calendar of the Catholic Church.
The Feast of the Guardian Angels provides us with the opportunity to appreciate the infinite goodness of God. In His love and Divine Wisdom, the Lord has provided each and everyone of us with a special angel to attend to our physical and spiritual need to secure our salvation through faith in Jesus and the Sacrament of Baptism. The presence of our Guardian Angels gives us confidence and assurance that if we’re in a good relationship with God our Angels will always be there to protect us from all evils. Nothing can harm us: No witch nor wizard, because our Guardian Angels are always there to protect us. But their continuous presence is occasioned by some qualities. The qualities of little children:
1. Faith and Trust: the little children have this undying trust and dependence on their parents and elderly ones. They have this assurance that they are safe with them.
2. Forgiving Spirit: Little children can quarrel and fight this minute but they next minute they are already playing with the same person. They don’t harbour grudges.
- Docility and Nobility: They are always willing to go on an errand. Even when they cannot do what they are asked to do, they don’t complain, they must give it a trial.
4. Peaceful Spirits: Nothing disturbs them. They are just very free. For them the world is a happy place of bliss. They have boundaries, no enemies, no worries, they are just flowing with the current. Let’s pray that the Lord will not allow us push away our Guardian Angels by our behaviours but behave ourselves becomingly for them to direct us to God. Amen!
GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY WEEKEND!