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Saturday, September 29, 2012

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Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and
Raphael, Archangels

Daniel 7:9-10, 13, 14 or
Revelation 12:7-12
Psalm 138:1-5
John 1:47-51

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"I solemnly assure you, you shall see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." —John 1:51

Out of myriads (Dn 7:10), even billions, of angels, the Bible reveals the names of only three — Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Michael is known for fighting the devil (Rv 12:7). Gabriel enlightened Mary about the Incarnation (Lk 1:26). Raphael restored sight to Tobit (Tb 11:7ff). To make it easy to remember, Michael helps us in the fight, Gabriel gives us light, and Raphael restores our sight physically and especially spiritually.

The purpose of the fight is to advance the kingdom of Jesus. The light is for knowing Jesus' will, and sight is to see Jesus' face (see 1 Cor 13:12). All angelic activity is focused on Jesus. The angels ascended and descended on Jesus, the Son of Man, while He was on earth (Jn 1:51). In heaven, all the angels cry out before Jesus' throne: "Worthy is the Lamb That was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and praise!" (Rv 5:12)

Jesus is the Center of attention for the angels. If He is the Center of attention for us, we will experience the activity of the angels. The closer we are to Jesus, the more we are involved with Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael — and the more we need to fight the devil, see the light of revelation, and have clear spiritual sight. Knowing the names and ministries of the three archangels is centered on knowing the Person and name of Jesus.

Prayer:  Jesus, as I worship at Your throne, help me to notice the angels worshipping with me.

Promise:  "In the presence of the angels I will sing Your praise." —Ps 138:1

Praise:  St. Michael was the principal fighter against the devil in the heavenly battle (Rv 12:7). Praise You, Lord, for sending mighty angels to guard us.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 30, 2012

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