And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.
Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Considering the existence of angels may not be at the top of most people’s to-do lists, but maybe it should be. These angels just might have something to teach us.
What are angels? They are beings whose whole existence is dedicated to doing God’s will. Michael exists to manifest God’s justice, Raphael to deliver God’s healing mercy, and Gabriel to transmit God’s word. Each archangel is tasked with carrying out just one of God’s attributes.
We humans, though, are made in the image of God. Thus, we are created to embody all of God’s attributes. We are called to live just lives, to be vehicles of God’s mercy, and to always have God’s word on our lips.
Ultimately, angels tell us a lot about who we are meant to be.
In prayer let us be inspired by each of these angels and consider how well we embody their examples.
O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of divine mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.
—Traditional prayer to St. Gabriel for intercession
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