Wednesday, September 28, 2005
FEAST, STS MICHAEL, GABRIEL, & RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS
SEPTEMBER 29, 2005
FEAST, STS MICHAEL, GABRIEL, & RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS
THURSDAY 26TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
DANIEL 7:9-10, 13-14
As I watched: Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on his head as white as
wool; His throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire. A
surging stream of fire flowed out from where he sat; Thousands upon
thousands were ministering to him, and myriads upon myriads attended
him. The court was convened, and the books were opened. As the visions
during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming, on the
clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented
before him, He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and
peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting
dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, "Here is a true
child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him." Nathanael said to him,
"How do you know me?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Before Philip
called you, I saw you under the fig tree." Nathanael answered him,
"Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." Jesus
answered and said to him, "Do you believe because I told you that I saw
you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this." And he
said to him, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and
the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man."
Jesus in today`s gospel speaks of "angels of God ascending and
descending on the Son of Man." He's referring to an incident
narrated in the Book of Genesis. Jacob had a dream in which he saw a
ladder with its feet on the ground and its top reaching to the heavens.
The angels of God were moving up and down the ladder. Yahweh appeared
to Jacob, standing over him, and he promised Jacob both numerous
descendants and also the land on which he was sleeping.
The image of the ladder with Yahweh at the top and the angels moving up
and down it, describes quite literally the function God has given them
to play in the lives of human beings. Angels are messengers of Yahweh,
intermediaries between God and humans. They bring God's word and his
blessings to men and women. They are the agents through whom God
intervenes in the lives of individuals and of human society, often
enough quite dramatically.
Gabriel, for instance, had a main role in initiating God's plan of
redemption. He it was who put to Mary God's invitation to conceive
within her womb under the power of the Holy Spirit a child who will be
holy and will be called Son of God.
The name 'Michael' means "Who is like God?" Michael was venerated by
the Jewish people. In the Book of Daniel he is called "the Great
Commander who defends the sons of [the Jewish people]." The New
Testament recognizes him as the leader of the angelic hosts in their
victorious battle over the forces of evil which were led by Satan.
The meaning of the name `Raphael' is "God has healed." Raphael was the
companion Tobias chose to accompany him on a journey to a town two days
distant from his hometown.
Raphael protected Tobias on the journey, found a wife for him, and
freed her of a curse that was upon her. He also cured Tobias's father
of his blindness.
The angels serve us. They are the personalized manifestation of God's
goodness to and love for us. It is as though the Lord loved us so
tenderly and desired to show his goodness to us so intensely, that his
love and his goodness became incarnate in the guise of the angels.
"Heavenly Father, through your Son Jesus Christ, you have opened the
way to heaven for us. As you revealed yourself to your beloved
Patriarchs and Apostles, so reveal yourself to me that I may glorify
you in my daily life. May I always find joy in your presence and never
lose sight of the kingdom of heaven."
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the speedy recovery of Annika Nadine Uy.
- for the speedy recovery of Cherie Gillian J. Wee
- for the enlightenment and special intentions of Vincent Gregory L. Sy
- for the enlightenment and spiritual guidance of J.C.
- for the good health of Elsa, Paolo & Renie
- for the eternal repose of the souls of Cristina, Rosvie & Aljohn.
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
- for the personal intentions of Veronica Yap.
- for the speedy recovery and well-being of Vanessa Nicole Lee Lim.
- for Gladys who will undergo a major surgery on 7th October
- for the speedy recovery of Raymond Ronald. He is in comatose state.
Please pray that the Lord will miraculously heal him.
- for the intentions of Eva Kabore & Joyce Borning Family & Friends
- for the personal intentions of RDVR.
- for the special intentions of Bro. Nanding.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Gillary Ann Hernandez
- Prayer Intention: Sr. M. Lydia Villegas OSB
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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