Fifteenth Sunday of Trinity 29-09-19

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John 1. 47-51

In the Bible we find references to angels and there are three angels whose names are mentioned namely Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Michael means ‘who is like God’. Michael is seen as the protector of Israel and the leader of the armies of God and is known as the slayer of the dragon the book of Revelation. He is regarded as the protector of Christians from the devil, particularly those at the hour of death. A Basilica was built near Rome in honour of Michael and was dedicated on the 30th of September and therefore we commemorate Michael and All Angels today.

In the Old Testament we hear about Jacob who saw a stairway and angels of God ascending and descending on it. (Genesis 28.12). In the Gospel reading today, our Lord Jesus Christ tells Nathaniel that ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

We see other instances of angels in the New Testament. At the Birth of Jesus angels came and announced about the Birth of Jesus to the shepherds. An angel appeared to Mary and announced about the new role she is going to take, An angel came to Joseph and announced the way that he should go. At the resurrection of Jesus Christ again we see angels announcing the news of the resurrection. When Jesus was in the wilderness fasting and praying for 40 days after the temptation, the angels suddenly came and waited on him. At Gethsamane, when our Lord was preparing for the time of trial and sweat of blood was in his forehead, an angel came to be with him to strengthen him.

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ makes us Godly and it also makes us angelic in our life. When we share good news to other people. When we stand with our friends and family in their time of distress and agony. When we stand with our family or friends when they are exhausted. When we could be there when someone is sweating and crying. We can be angels on earth to one another.