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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
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The Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

Job 38:1.12-21.40:3-5, Mt. 18:1-5.10. Today, we celebrate the memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels, which refers to those Angels whom God set before us, to be our guide and protector, to be at the frontline of our constant struggle and the war that rages on our souls. The reality of Guardian Angels is a colourful expression of the belief in a personal Divine providential care as Jesus teaches us: “The very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Mt. 10:30). Angels are envoys between God and human beings; and the words of Jesus make this belief more personal: “See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in Heaven always see the face of my Father who is in Heaven” (Mt. 18:10).

The idea of Guardian Angels is also implied in the letter to the Hebrews (1:14): “Are they not ministering spirits, serving those who shall be heirs of salvation?” We are also encouraged by the author of the letter to the Hebrews to be hospitable: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by so doing some have entertained angels without knowing it.” It means that there can be more to those who cross our path in life than we realise. Jesus points out this aspect in today’s Gospel: “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” Children have no social status or position, yet, Jesus declares that in welcoming the least, like little children, we welcome Him. Instead of the selfish attitude of competing to be the greatest, if we are to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we must have something of the receptive attitude of children who depend totally on others. Only those who admit their 'littleness' and put their trust in God will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Angel of God, our Guardian dear, to whom God's love commit us here, ever this day be at our side to light and guide, to rule and guard! Amen!! Stay safe, have a glorious day!!!

 
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