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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 29, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
or Revelation 12:7-12ab
Psalm 138:1-2ab, 2cde-3, 4-5
John 1:47-51

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today we celebrate the feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, the archangels.

Angels are mentioned throughout Scripture as well as in the writings of the saints. Sadly, some New Age religions have borrowed the idea of angels and they have become heavily secularized, but they are very real.

I remember being at the bedside of my mother-in-law when she was dying of cancer. Knowing she had only a few days left on earth, we prayed with her and brought her Holy Communion daily. One evening she asked to pray the rosary and with no strength left she barely moved her lips as we recited the prayers. At the very end as we closed the prayer, she opened her eyes and said, "How beautiful. This place is full of angels." We never doubted we had heavenly company that night praying the rosary with us.

God has sent His angels to do His bidding throughout history. Some have brought God's punishment while others have brought Good News. But the fact is they exist to do God's work at His command and they are always near. As the author of Hebrews warns us, "Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels."

Don Claunch, SFO --
email: dlclaunch(at)bresnan(dot)net

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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