READINGS for 2006-10-02

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE

 ANGELS TO THE RESCUE

I will send an angel ahead of you to protect you as you travel? ? Exodus 23:30

I was in Grade 1 when I was trapped in the dark comfort room. I knew no one was left in school because it was past the hour after class dismissal. For some reason, I was still in school.
      I went to the rest room and switched on the light, but it was not working. In spite of the darkness, I still went inside the room. Suddenly, a forceful wind shut the door tight. I was trapped inside! I somehow managed my way to the door, turned the knob, and knocked on the wooden door so that I could be heard outside.
      No one came.
      The stench of the comfort room flared in my nostrils. My heart beat wildly. I was so afraid. I kept on knocking the door and prayed hard.
      Few moments passed. I heard girls passing by the corridor. They were laughing.
  I knocked hard again. They stopped laughing and came near the door. They asked if there was someone inside. As they opened the door, their bright faces welcomed me. I never felt so safe in my life! I will never forget the faces of my schoolmates who rescued me.
      I now know for a fact that angels may not have wings but they all have a heart of gold! Rosann J.

REFLECTION:
God will send us the people to help us in our time of dire need.

Lord God, you are my only refuge.

COMPANION

1st READING

Exodus 23:20-23


There is no doubt that we need guardian angels to help protect us from evil. The Lord recognized that His people, as they traveled in the desert to the Promised Land, needed protection from their enemies and so He sent an angel to go before them. This is what we believe our guardian angels do ? they go before us in order to help protect us from the attacks of the evil one. Let us pray that we will do our part as well by choosing to avoid temptation and walk in the path of truth and righteousness whenever we can.

20 ?See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Be attentive to him and heed his voice. Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sin. My authority resides in him. 22 If you heed his voice and carry out all I tell you, I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes. 23 ?My angel will go before you and bring you to the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites; and I will wipe them out.?

P S A L M

Psalm 91:1-2, 3-4, 4-6, 10-11

R: The Lord has put angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways.


1 You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, 2 Say to the LORD, ?My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.? (R) 3 For he will rescue you from the snare of the fowler, from the destroying pestilence. 4 With his pinions he will cover you, and under his wings you shall take refuge. (R) His faithfulness is a buckler and a shield. 5 You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day; 6 nor the pestilence that roams in darkness nor the devastating plague at noon. (R) 10 No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent, 11 for to his angels he has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways. (R)

G O S P E L

Matthew 18:1-5.10


Little children demonstrate for us the attitude of trust that we should have towards our guardian angels. Little children innately trust their parents and those they believe have their best interests at heart. It is important that we believe and do this in regards those angels that God gives us to protect us and guide us on our earthly pilgrimage. Let us pray for the humility to accept that we need God?s help and so submit ourselves to the protection that He lovingly provides for us.

1 The disciples approached Jesus and said, ?Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?? 2 He called a child over, placed it in their midst, 3 and said, ?Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me. 10 ?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.

my reflections
think:
The Lord recognizes that His people need protection from enemies and so He sends an angel to go before us.


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SABBATH

ANGELS FOR OUR DAILY BATTLES

Back in 1986, Christian novelist Frank Peretti debuted with the novel entitled This Present Darkness. According to one reviewer, this is the book which ?singlehandedly changed the landscape of Christian fiction.? It turned spiritual warfare into a rich, action-packed, suspense-filled fantasy world, picking up the age-old battle between good and evil (specifically between angels and demons), and putting it in a modern-day setting, in the form of a hideous New Age plot to take over an American town.
      One of the interesting features of This Present Darkness is the role of angels for power and protection in the waging of the spiritual battle. The novel portrays them with such a unique realism, complete with names, nationalities and physical descriptions.
      All this is something worth pointing out, as we celebrate today the memorial of the Guardian Angels.
      It need not even be about fearful battles between angels and demons. More often than not ? for us rich or poor, young or old, sinner or saint ? our struggles take place in daily arenas such as relationships, communication, work or study, and so on. All the more in such areas will our guardian angels come in and help us. Pope Pius XI once gave a practical advice: ?When you find difficulty in communicating with someone, ask your guardian angel to talk to the guardian angel of that person, so that a ?preliminary? understanding can be established.? Childish? It need not be. Childlike? Definitely.
      In today?s Gospel, Christ assures us that the angels of every one of the ?little ones? are ?constantly beholding the Father?s face.? This is an eloquent biblical phrase describing the situation of a courtier who is always in the presence of the king. Truly, the Lord has sent  angels before us, ?to guard [us] on the way and bring [us] to the place [He] has prepared for us? (Exodus 23:20-23).
      May we always have respect, confidence and gratitude for our guardian angels. 
Fr. Martin M.

REFLECTION QUESTION:
Do I remember to call on my guardian angel in times of need?

Thank you, Lord, for keeping me safe.

Guardian Angels, pray for us.




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