Friday 2nd October – Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels
Reflection: Exodus 23:20-23
LISTEN TO HIM
Angels are spirit beings sent by God to help his children on their journey of faith. Guardian angels are those assigned to protect and guide each particular person. Today’s reading gives us a clear illustration of what the angels of God are meant to do for us. They are to lead us and protect us from evil (Ex 23:20-23). They shine the light of Christ on our path to salvation and instruct us at crossroads as the prophet Isaiah says: “If you wonder off the road to the right or to the left, you will hear his voice behind you saying, here is the road. Follow it” (Is 30:21). Are we aware of our guardian angels? Do we seek for their help and listen to them?
Beloved, each of us has an angel commissioned by God to watch over us. Yet, your guardian angel will only be as effective as you allow him to be. If you are willing to reverence him and listen to all he says, God promises that He himself will be “an enemy to your enemies, foe to your foes” (Ex 23:22). Youth is indeed an exciting stage of life; we are full of energy and willing to explore as much as we want. As we enjoy this phase of life, let us be open to the voice of our guardian angel and that of the Holy Spirit as they speak to us and direct us through our parents, pastors, teachers, through circumstances around us and in the voice of our conscience. We can be full of confidence that our guardian angel will never lead us astray.
PRAYER: Oh my Guardian Angel, protect me and help to fight on the battle of faith. Lead me on the path to salvation. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 55 – Can we interact with angels?
Yes. We can call on angels for help and ask them to intercede with God. Every person receives from God a guardian angel. It is good and sensible to pray to one’s guardian angel for oneself and for others. Angels can also make themselves noticeable in the life of a Christian, for example, as bearers of a message or as helpful guides. Our faith has nothing to do with the false angels of New Age spirituality and other forms of esotericism
HIDE A TREASURE: “What are the angels, then? They are spirits who serve God and are sent by him to help those who are to receive salvation”. Hebrews 1:14 GNB
Today’s readings: Ex. 23:20-23; Ps 91:1-6, 10-11; Matt 18:1-5, 10