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THURSDAY, September 29 SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS
Revelation 12:7a And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon.
Today is the feast of Saint Michael & All Angels. Michael is an archangel, sometimes referred to as “the great captain” or a leader of angels. In this passage from Revelation, even though the dragon and his angels fought back, they were defeated.
Ah, angels. Our culture is fascinated by them. “You are an angel!” we sometimes say to a friend or even a stranger. Images of angels can be found in garden statues, on sweatshirts, refrigerator magnets, and even night lights. I didn’t pay much attention to angels until a friend described angels to me as “messengers.” That brought me up short. I started to think about the idea that there were beings in our midst bringing us messages from God. I began to pray, “Lord, may I meet your messengers today, and may I have the good sense to recognize them. And may I be a messenger, too.” Since starting to say that prayer, I have had many encounters that can only be described as a meeting with a messenger. I am now much more cognizant of messengers—and messages—in our midst.
MOVING FORWARD: Ask God to help you recognize angels in your daily life.