Angels Gabriel,Michael ,Raphael

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“Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Angels are important. They are the messengers of God. Without the angel Gabriel, would Mary have received the message that “the Lord is with you.” It is the angel Gabriel that tells Mary ” Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God” and it is the angel Gabriel who told Mary “and behold you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus” The Angel Gabriel said to Mary; The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

Angels are important, and the messages they deliver are important. Angel Gabriel is the message of Gods strength. How often it was that Mary must have prayed for Gods strength, and how vigilant she must have been to receive Gods message and messenger. Through the messenger Gabriel Mary listens about of a child conceived by God, and that listening to Angels is important; if you don’t listen to the angel of God, then chances are you will fall prey to the messages of his opponent. Mary prayed to God and listened for Gods messenger, she awaited an Angel.

Gabriel is the angel “the strength of God”, an answer to prayers to Gods strength. Michael is the angel “who is like God”: Quis ut Deus! Michael battles Satin, the angel Michael is that of a warrior in search of an opponent, a protector and guardian. Prayers to Saint Michael the Archangel are for protection. Gabriel’s symbol is the horn delivering Gods message to Gods people, Michael’s is the sword for the defense of those people from the devil Satin.

The Angel Raphael is the message of Gods healing, or the prayer “God, please heal” and the message “God has healed.” From John, Chapter 5: “And an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water was made whole of whatsoever infirmity he lay under.” The angel is Raphael. As simply human, people make mistakes. As people in battle with a devil enemy, people fall in battle and are wounded. We are subject to human frailties, disobedient, sinful, and easily deceived; we are victims of our human nature. It is the angel Raphael who delivers the message of Gods healing.

Angels are important; they are the messengers of Gods strength, protection, and healing. Throughout the bible, both old and new testament, are encounters with Angels. In the ancient world they were attentive to the works of angels. Over time though the image of angels has shifted through art  and legend, cultural influences, and folklore that the theology of Angels can easily be obscured. That is sad because if the role of an angel becomes lost, there is always the danger that the message they are to deliver also might be lost; and the messages delivered by these messengers, Angels, are supremely important.

Twenty fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time.

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Immediately apparent in the Gospel reading Mk 9:30-37 are three distinct topics. First there is the mention of the Passion of the Lord, his suffering and His crucifixion. Second there us that discussion of the disciples. In that discussion they discuss amongst themselves who is the greatest. The third topic is Jesus bringing into the conversation children. Innocence versus guilt. Memories the garden of Eden. The garden is where the innocent become the guilty and are expelled, its the original sin. It is through the Passion of the Lord that those guilty gain reentry to that garden. The innocent Lamb of God is slain for the guilt of others. The guilty are saved through the shed blood of the innocent Lamb.

Look then at that conversation between the disciples, in their discussion they argue who is the greatest. In their shame they hesitate to reveal what they had discussed. They hide as Adam and Eve did when their guilt is exposed.

The teacher then corrects them, as a parent corrects an errant child. They are taught to behave as Christians., Think then of children. Innocent. They place their trust in the parent, as those disciples should place there trust in God. Those disciples are instructed then in how to be Apostles .

In their discussion on who would be the greatest, it is not difficult to see so many leaders. There is that politician in power, and there is their entourage. Why, one might ask, do those people travel with the politician that has landed a position of power? Many travel for the photo opportunities, they are there to be seen simply because they care to gain recognition. Should that campaigning politician win election, the entourage also has hopes for their own gain. They work for a place in the administration and many have hopes to eventually campaign on their own. Jesus in his travels attracted enormous crowds and that is historical fact. As Jesus traveled about, should any one think those chosen for Apostleship did not notice the notoriety . Is it odd to think they might have wanted to cash in? They wanted  their place in the kingdom but that was a kingdom they did not yet understand. They understood how to rule, they had yet learned how to serve, and for that Jesus brought into the conversation the child. Jesus introduced the innocent child to displace those disciples guilt. They were introduced to a rule unlike that of the kings of the land. The Christian kingdom was different from those  they knew of, it was a radical departure from their contemporaries and the lessons were not easily grasped. The New Testament was after all New, and it was unfolding before them.

Though in years those disciples might have been middle aged or possibly older, in Christian terms they were still in their infancy. And in their infancy Christ practiced what He preached, he guarded them from the evil one and placed them back on the right path. That did not mean they would not be wounded or challenged, or that they would not suffer It did mean they grew in the wisdom of Christ’s message; It did mean that they would be able to bear the responsibilities of Apostles. They are the children that grew from innocent infants to wise adults. They had a wise teacher, and they learned their lesson well.

Twenty fifth week of ordinary time

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What a busy week! I had hoped all week to be able to read and do a bit of writing but for some reason that daily schedule would simply not allow it. Having looked at the daily readings though, I did get that opportunity to at least think of what I might have written had time been available. For within the gospel daily readings is Jesus exclaiming that one does not conceal a light, and there was the memorial of Padre Pio, and then Jesus instruction to the apostles to “take nothing with them.” To round out the week is Herod’s wondering who Jesus is, and Jesus question “who do you say I am.” That is a busy week scripturally too. Each gospel passage would have given so much to expand on. Perhaps though, not being able to contemplate on each day’s readings does have its rewards. It places a focus on looking at the week’s readings as a whole rather than disconnected parts. For instance that reading about not hiding a light perfectly describes padre Pio’s approach to spreading that gospel message. Such was his zeal for spreading the gospel, his was a life of bringing that message to others. His feast day also blends with that gospel instruction to the Apostles, “take nothing with you.” That message on the surface can be seen as the Friars vow of poverty: they do leave much behind for the sake of Christ. But the message can also be interpreted in a slightly different way. To take nothing with you is to take nothing that is not part of you. That Christian message is not something like luggage, or a cloak, or an appendage to one’s life. It is an incorporated part of you, likened to a breath. That particular point comes to light through Rosh Hashanah, the feast of trumpets. It is the trumpet Shofar that emphasizes breath. In the way padre Pio preached, the message was delivered with his every breath, and not something he pulled out of a hat. His stigmata was more than those wounds on his hands, every action of his life was marked by Christ. Christ was truly part of him, Christ was not something he taught but someone he lived.

To move through the week is to look at Herod’s fear of Christ followed by Christ’s question “but who do you say that I am?” Herod was all about destroying anyone that got in his way. His fear is documented from the Nativity to the crucifixion. His fear of course was that someone would take away his power. Christ though was not about taking away, but to the contrary was about giving. One answered the question “but who do you say that I am?” “An evil” the other “A savior.” Today also there are people that answer that question like Herod, and there are those that answer like the apostles. One group today see Christ as a threat to a false freedom and personal liberty, and there are those like the padre that see Christ as the way to survive the very real threats of life. To see the Herod’s one only has to recall the black masses they have performed in the recent days. Again that light is not hidden, it is carried high to illuminate the darkness. Imagine the trouble of the world today if folks did not carry that light of Christ. Imagine a world consumed by the darkness of people like Herod, those that view the Christian message as a threat. There are two ways of answering that question “Who do you say I am?” Be glad that people like padre Pio answer it with a loud voice to destroy darkness. Be glad they do not place that light beneath a bed or bushel. What a busy week!

Angels Gabriel,Michael ,Raphael

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“Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”


 Angels are important. They are the messengers of God. Without the angel Gabriel, would Mary have received the message that “the Lord is with you.” It is the angel Gabriel that tells Mary ” Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God” and it is the angel Gabriel who told Mary “and behold you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus” The Angel Gabriel said to Mary; The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

  Angels are important, and the messages they deliver are important. Angel Gabriel is the message of Gods strength. How often it was that Mary must have prayed for Gods strength, and how vigilant she must have been to receive Gods message and messenger. Through the messenger Gabriel Mary listens about of a child conceived by God, and that listening to Angels is important; if you don’t listen to the angel of God, then chances are you will fall prey to the messages of his opponent. Mary prayed to God and listened for Gods messenger, she awaited an Angel.

Gabriel is the angel “the strength of God”, an answer to prayers to Gods strength. Michael is the angel “who is like God”: Quis ut Deus! Michael battles Satin, the angel Michael is that of a warrior in search of an opponent, a protector and guardian. Prayers to Saint Michael the Archangel are for protection. Gabriel’s symbol is the horn delivering Gods message to Gods people, Michael’s is the sword for the defense of those people from the devil Satin.

The Angel Raphael is the message of Gods healing, or the prayer “God, please heal” and the message “God has healed.” From John, Chapter 5: And an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water was made whole of whatsoever infirmity he lay under.” The angel is Raphael. As simply human, people make mistakes. As people in battle with a devil enemy, people fall in battle and are wounded. We are subject to human frailties, disobedient, sinful, and easily deceived; we are victims of our human nature. It is the angel Raphael who delivers the message of Gods healing.

Angels are important; they are the messengers of Gods strength, protection, and healing. Throughout the bible, both old and new testament, are encounters with Angels. In the ancient world they were attentive to the works of angels. Over time though the image of angels has shifted through art  and legend, cultural influences, and folklore that the theology of Angels can easily be obscured. That is sad because if the role of an angel becomes lost, there is always the danger that the message they are to deliver also might be lost; and the messages delivered by these messengers, Angels, are supremely important.

"But who do you say that I am?"

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Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 453

Lk 9:18-22
He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

          Why was it that Jesus repeats this quote? Why did he name these three groups of people? Why too did “the crowds” see in him John the Baptist,Elijah, and a prophet that has arisen? Both John and Elijah preached a message of repentance and the prophets were a voice of God, God’s messengers.To read this quote after knowing the historical path that Jesus takes both hides part of the meaning of this quote and also brings it into the light. Jesus message contradicted the elders, priests, and scribes and in doing so, it would be suppressed by these powerful individuals: Jesus’s message both contradicted the old school and was non-violent at its core. Like the prophet arisen, a message that is truly delivered from God can not be suppressed or ignored or discarded or killed by man. That which truly is from God endures and it simply is mans pride or vanity that tricks him into believing he is in control. Knowing how the story ends in history one can read this quote and focus on the physical  confrontation between Jesus and the elders, priests, and scribes; but the underling theological battle is where the heart of the rejection, confrontation, and resurrection was.When Peter replied that Jesus was “the Christ of God” perhaps too Jesus saw that Peter was still focused on a physical Christ  and not the spiritual Christ. Perhaps Peter was seeing that Christ of the elders, a military Christ, and not yet truly the Christ of God which is The Christ of the Word and Spirit of God. ‘Jesus the Christ’ was a journey for Peter, just as he is for us today…