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Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

Date: 
Mon, 09/29/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

May 10, 1869.  Promontory Point, Utah.
The last railroad tie was set and a golden spike hammered into place.
Two locomotives facing each other:  one coming from the East,
the other coming from the West,
one from the Central Pacific Railroad, one from the Union Pacific Railroad
two locomotives moved together and gently bumped cowcatchers.
A new era in the history of the United States of America was born.
 
I think of this event when I think of today’s feast.
Two sides working from opposite directions….moving toward a common goal.
Angels working from one direction, human beings working from the other.
All with a common meeting point:  salvation.
Heaven and earth coming together in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.
 
The Church celebrates the role played by the Holy Angels in the events of salvation.
We venerate and honor these holy messengers of God
who helped and continue to help bring together the Creator with the created.
Just as we work on this the earthly side of creation…to cooperate with grace
and bring Christ’s saving mission to all the world,
angels work from the heavenly side of creation….cooperating with God’s will,
bringing Christ’s saving mission to all the world.
 
Today’s three archangels are mentioned in holy scripture:
Michael:  in the Book of Revelation
where he joins in the cosmic conflict between good and evil and fights the dragon.
Gabriel:  announces the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah
and the incarnation of the Son of God to Mary.
Raphael: an angel of healing and service sent to Tobit, his son Tobias and his wife Sarah.
 
More gets done when we work together.
And today we rejoice knowing that these angels
are working to accomplish our salvation.
They are there…often unseen and unrecognized.
 
It is fitting that we pray:
“Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle between good and evil.
Protect us from the wickedness and snares of the devil.
Gabriel the Archangel, give us strength in times of weakness. 
Inspire us to be open to God’s plan for our lives.
Raphael the Archangel, heal our wounds. 
Bring to us God’s care
as we encounter human suffering and imperfect relationships.  Amen!”