It is 29th September 2016. We celebrate the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, the Archangels. The entrance antiphon of the mass reads, “Bless the Lord, all you his angels, mighty in power, fulfilling his word, and heeding his voice.” (Ps.103:20). This feast is called Michaelmas. Michael means “Who is like God”; Gabriel is “The Strength of God”; and Raphael is “God’s Remedy.” St. Gregory the Great teaches us that the angels are given names according to their work that is entrusted by God. Angels denote a function rather than a nature. They are only spirits. They are known as archangels when they bring the messages of supreme importance. St. Michael is the most known and revered among us for his special protection against Satan. Very often, St Michael is seen as the protector of heaven and of humanity from the attacks of Satan. St. Gabriel brought the good news of salvation, the birth of Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Raphael healed Tobias on his journey. The readings are from Rev. 12:7-12a and the Gospel from John 1:47-51. The first reading speaks about how St. Michael fought a battle on behalf of God against the dragon, known as Satan. The responsorial sings, “In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.” (Ps.138:1). The Gospel presents Nathanael as the model for recognising Jesus, the Messiah as the Son of God and the King of Israel. Through the assistance of the archangels, may we come one step closer to Jesus. May you have a good day.

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