Grace to you!
One of my favorite quotations from Saint Paul is Ephesians 1:3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…”
Not only has God supplied the grace of justification--sanctifying grace—making believers (those who believe and are baptized in the Trinity) sons and daughters of God, we also receive multiple graces to practice virtue and fulfill our individual vocations in life.
In addition, God provides the services of the heavenly bodies so they will become our trusted companions. We may or may not be aware of it, yet God's messengers from heaven accompany us. When I reflect on the role of these heavenly companions, I’m ecstatic.
Angels means messengers. They are messengers of God serving various needs for the heavenly host and for us too. It's fascinating to realize that angels aren't only ministering to God. They minister to us as well. Scripture speaking of this role of angels says, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to serve, for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation?” (Hebrew 1:14). Amazing love. Amazing grace of God.
In the biblical story about Tobiah and Sarah (Tobit 6-7), we see how God sent Archangel Raphael to do what his unique role was: namely, minister healing to the two families whose pains were unbearable. God heals!
Raphael is one of the known archangels. His name means God is our healer. Just like the works of God point to Him, the ministry of angels point to the specific “job description” which God provides for all His creatures through the service-power granted to the angels. Their names represent their roles manifested in time and revealed in Scripture.
Consider how your confidence level would grow and persevere if you realized that your guardian angel is by your right side and left side as you wake, walk, work, win, wine and dine. What difference would it make if you recognized that Archangel Michael is doing your battle and bidding; Archangel Raphael is pouring spiritual ointment on the places where you are hurting; Archangel Gabriel is bringing the news of joy and hope for you, and your guardian angel is by your side to inspire, lead and guide you at God’s behest? This imagination isn't a fantasy. It's spiritually real. I believe it makes a huge difference for us to know that God’s angels are by our side in season and out of season.
Pray: Thank you Lord for providing for us. We pray someday we will be united in heaven, to see those angels and saints who did so much for us while we were here on earth. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Thursday Week 9 Ordinary Time A: Tobit 6:10-11; 7:1BCDE, 9-17; 8:4-9A; Mark 12:28-34]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.