WEDNESDAY, TWENTY SIXTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
Dan 7:9-10,13-14 or Rev 12:7-12; Ps 138:1-5; Jn 1:47-51
THE ARCHANGELS, OUR HEAVENLY FRIENDS
Today we honour three among the multitude of angels in heaven: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Archangels are one of the nine choirs of angels. (cf. Eph 1:21, Col 1:16) This feast of the three archangels is an opportunity to know them and to grow deeper in our devotion to and fondness for them.
- The first archangel is Michael whose name means, “Who is like God” in Hebrew. In Dan 10:13,12:1, he appears as a special guardian to the people of Israel. In Jude 9, he appears in a dispute with the devil. In Rev 12:7-9, he fights against Satan and his evil forces. St Michael teaches us to depend on the power of God and to become a guard and protector of our fellow brothers and sisters.
- The second archangel is Gabriel, and his name in Hebrew means, “God is my strength”. In Dan 8:15-26 and 9:21–27, he appears to Daniel to explain his visions. In Lk 1:11-38, he appears to Zechariah and Mary to deliver the good news from God. St Gabriel invites us to listen to God’s voice, his inspirations and to be open to the surprises and wonders the Lord works in our lives.
- The third archangel Raphael, whose name in Hebrew means, “God has healed”. In the book of Tobit, Raphael appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of Tobias, the son of Tobit. St Raphael inspires us to discover God as the healing balm in our afflictions and hardships, and to trust in God in seemingly hopeless and impossible situations of life.
As we celebrate this feast, may Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael help us grow in love for our heavenly friends. As the Lord wants us to grow in holiness and be fearless in being his beloved children, may these archangels intercede for us in our journey of life, so that we may not lose faith and hope, especially in the time of temptation and difficulty.
Response: In the presence of the angels I praise you, O Lord.
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