Thursday, October 2, 2014
Feast of the Guardian Angels
First Reading: Ex 23:20-23
Gospel Reading: Mt 18:1-5, 10
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked him, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
Then Jesus called a little child, set the child in the midst of the disciples, and said, “I assure you that unless you change and become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes lowly like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, and whoever receives such a child in my name receives me.
“See that you do not despise any of these little ones, for I tell you: their angels in heaven continually see the face of my heavenly Father.”
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
The Catholic Catechism (n.336) says: “From infancy to death, human life is surrounded by their angel’s watchful care and intercession.” Today’s Gospel affirms this teaching, with special emphasis on the role of angels in the lives of children. “See that you do not despise any of these little ones”, Jesus said, “for I tell you: their angels in heaven continually see the face of my heavenly Father.”
Life’s insecurities compel us to seek extraordinary support. Unfortunately, many people turn to astrology instead of turning to the Lord. Archbishop Brady of Armagh, primate of all Ireland, noted as early as in 2007 an increasing reliance of the Irish people on practices which claim to “unveil the future”. He lamented: “Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, tarot cards, recourse to clairvoyance and mediums conceal a desire for power over time and a lack of trust in God’s providence.” He opined: “It is a symptom of the insecurity that lurks behind the seeming confidence of modern Irish culture and life. It is evidence of the failure of a life without God to address the deepest needs of the human spirit.”
Although reliance on astrology may not be as pronounced in the Philippines as in Ireland, there are indications that we are heading towards that direction. There is nothing in Feng Shui that is contrary to our faith. But given our leaning towards superstition, Feng Shui may just be the slippery slope that takes us to reliance upon powers other than the power of God. In time God’s angels will be relegated to fairy tale books or reduced to figurines giving accent to our home decorations.
The good thing is that even if our belief in angels wanes as we advance in age, they are always there for us, and they are there with the mission to guard over us from infancy to death. From the human point of view we must be dignitaries because we have security detail. No less than an angel is assigned to us as security guards for a lifetime. From the spiritual point of view we must be higher in dignity compared to the angels because guards cannot be higher in status than their masters. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayer for the day: O may good Angel whom God has appointed to be my guardian. Enlighten and protect, direct and govern me, who have been entrusted to you by the Divine Mercy. Amen.
FEAST OF THE DAY: HOLY ANGELS. The angels, whose Greek name means Messengers, are pure spirits created by God with extraordinary intelligence and strength. According to the Bible, every man has a guardian angel at his side. Jesus himself confirmed the presence of guardian angels when he said “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father (Matt. 18:10).