Thursday, September 29, 2016

Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

(Daniel 7:9-10.13-14; John 1:47-51)

Volunteers of the Gabriel Project give moral, spiritual, and physical support to pregnant women who might abort their babies.  With good reasons these volunteers are called “angels.”  They are God-sends who show divine mercy.  It is the kind of help that Jesus envisions in today’s gospel.

When Jesus speaks of “angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man,” he is referring to the mighty works that he will perform.  He will turn water into wine, cure the lame, and feed the masses.  These are not of human origin.  They can justly be called angelic because they announce God’s gracious love to the world.

We too have received an angelic call.  God wants us to manifest His love for the world by acts of compassion and kindness.  We might volunteer for the Gabriel Project or perhaps assist one turn a week at the local night shelter.  In any case we too will become God-sends to people in distress.