Saint for the day: Feast of the Guardian Angels
Zechariah 8:1-8 – Psalm 102 – 2nd Timothy – Matthew 18:1-5, 10
The quote for today is to see if you can remember – and recite – the “Guardian Angel Prayer”
People say that the Catholic Church is too rigid in the way the Scriptures for Mass are selected I point them to feasts’ like today. The Church gives us options with a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
The Scripture readings for today’s liturgy are like “bookends of faith.” The Gospel promises that there are Angels who are in constant presence to us. And especially when we are experiencing hard times like the ones we hear about today in our continuing journey with Job.
One writer said that Angels can make themselves very small and perch on our heads (sometimes hidden in our hair – if you have it) and can guide and direct us from this vantage point. When we don’t know whether to turn right or left the angel can see that the bridge is out on the left and whispers in our ear, “go right!” This is just one of many ways we try to gain deeper understanding of how angels – who are pure spirit – are present to us as guards and protectors.
So, “bottom line” today seems to be: allow God to be God. Try not to box God in to our feeble understanding. And try not to close him out when difficulties beset us. Try to have some image of the many ways in which God can make himself known to us, in the form of angels.
So, here’s the prayer – in case you had forgotten it.
Angel of God, my guardian dear. To whom God’s love commits thee here. Ever this day be at my side to light and guard to rule and guide. Amen.