Feast of The Holy Guardian Angels
Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29, Psalm 69:33-35, 36-37, & Matthew 18:1-5, 10
Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels. Do you recall the passage, "Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven" (Mt. 18:10). Here is the spoken Word of Jesus relied upon throughout the centuries to affirm that we all have a Guardian Angel.
The Church has never defined an article of faith on the matter that each person has a guardian angel, yet this belief has always been on the "mind of the Church." Saint Jerome said, "How great the dignity of the soul since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it."
Throughout the Old Testament, we find numerous references supporting the fact that angels are not only dispensers of God's wrath but protectors of individuals. In Exodus 32:34, we read where God said to Moses, "My angel shall go in front of you." In the New Testament, we find specific cases of angels coming to help those in need. In the Gospel of Mark 1-13, we know of the angels ministered to Jesus when He was in the wilderness for forty days. In Acts 5:19, we learn of the angel who freed Peter from prison.
Many additional examples can be found throughout Sacred Scripture. God sends the angels to lead and protect the "cooperative" souls on the path of their salvation, such a path ending in the heavenly Kingdom of God.
The Feast of the Guardian Angels provides us with the opportunity to appreciate the infinite goodness of God. In His love and Divine Wisdom, the Lord has provided each one of us with a special angel to address our physical and spiritual need to secure our salvation through faith in Jesus and the Sacrament of Baptism.
Today, let us remember all our Guardian Angels. Let us thank the Lord for this incredible spiritual gift. Let us thank each of our angels for their protection and leadership, asking them to constantly remind us of their presence so we may walk in harmony with them toward the Heavenly Kingdom of God.
Prayer: "God, in Your Providence, you saw fit to send your Angels to watch over us. Grant that we may always be under their protection and one day enjoy their company in heaven. Amen." (From Lives of the Saints – Illustrated)