Friday, October 2, 2015

Reflection: Matthew 18:1-5, 10

Friday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 18:1-5,10 – The Holy Guardian Angels

Today we celebrate the feast of The Holy Guardian Angels.   Many of us learned about angels at a very young age.  Perhaps our parents told us that we had our own “guardian angel.”  Or we may have seen religious pictures or we saw statues of angels in church or in our home. 
Ask yourself: do you believe in angels?  Have you had moments in your life when you sensed that an angel was present with you?  If so, take a moment and recall that experience.  What do you remember about that experience?  What was your reaction to this holy presence?
Angels are defined as: “a heavenly being who acts as a messenger of God, a kind person, a guardian or a guide.”   I assume that for most of us, our angels appear in the guise of a family member, a friend, a spiritual guide or perhaps a stranger.  On any given day, any one of these individuals likely will act as a friend or a guide for us.  
Now take a moment and ask yourself: Who are the individuals in your life who have been an “angel” to you?  Do you recognize the angels in your life today?  Some of them may be a family member or an individual you know well.  Others may be a stranger you encounter in the grocery store, a park or at the water fountain.  The wondrous gift is: you have the opportunity to be an “angel” to individuals you encounter today!  What a simple gift to give, yet what a great gift to give to another.  The best gifts you can give are your love, care, concern and joy.  Be an angel today!  And be alert to the individuals who will be angels for you today.  Thank God for them! 

1 comment:

  1. Long story, but I happen to believe that I have five angels given to me, not always and only mine, yet definitely I feel I am meant to keep a sense of them, as the blessing they are!
    Thank you for yr sharing!
    My favorite verse about angels is the one that warns us to take care, we may be entertaining an angel in disguise! Selah!