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 angels 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.
Angel means messenger. Angels 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.
Our Lord, speaking of the protective care angels give to children, says, “"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” (Mt 18:10). This blessing isn’t limited to kids, but to all of us who are God’s children.
Be assured of this my dear friend: 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 order?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us this about our guardian angel: “From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession (see Mt 18:10; Lk 16:22; Ps 34:7; 91:10-13; Job 33:23-24; Zech 1:12; Tob 12:12) ‘Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.’ (St. Basil) Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God” (CCC, n. 336).
This 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. Be conscious of the fact you have a special friend, a guardian angel, a special companion from our heavenly Father. Sometimes, I feel my Guardian Angel’s presence. I don’t know if you do.
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.
From time to time, you may want to say this powerful traditional Guardian Angel prayer, especially when you feel lonely, afraid or need assurance of a heavenly companion:
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God's love commits me here,
Ever this day, be at my side,
To light and guard, Rule and guide. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Memorial of The Guardian Angels: Monday Week 26 A: Zec 8:1-8; Mt 18:1-5,10]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible 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.