Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on October 2, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 18:1-5, 10

The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Giotto---Don't-Touch-Me-776355Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

“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.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: In the church calendar, we celebrate our guardian angels today. The gospel passage speaks to God’s special concern for children and, by representation, for all marginalized people. Those who are weak in the eyes of the world enjoy God’s special concern, and through the watchful presences of their angels, God’s protection as they make their ways.

Saint of the day: The term “guardian angel” refers to the belief that each person has an angel who is available to shepherd the individual through life and help bring her or him to God. Belief in the reality of angels, their mission as messengers of God, and man’s interaction with them, goes back to the earliest times. Cherubim kept Adam and Eve from slipping back into Eden; angels saved Lot and helped destroy the cities of the plains; in Exodous Moses follows an angel, and at one point an angel is appointed leader of Israel. Michael is mentioned at several points, Raphael figures large in the story of Tobit, and Gabriel delivered the Annunciation of the coming of Christ. The concept of each person having a personal guardian angel, is also an ancient one, and long accepted by the Church. Jesus said, “See that you despise not one of these little ones [children]: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10.) Saint Jerome in his commentary on Matthew observed, “How great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it.” The Letter to the Hebrews (1:14) observes, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent to minister for them, who shall receive the inheritance of salvation?” The feast, celebrating the angels who helped bring us to God, began in many local calendars centuries ago, and was widely known by the 16th century.

Spiritual reading: The angel led me to the gate which faces the east, and there I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. I heard a sound like the roaring of many water, and the earth shone with his glory. (Ezekiel 43:1)


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