Friday of the Twenty-Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
Updated: Oct 8, 2020
October 2, 2020
Memorial Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels
Image: Marcantonio Franceschini, “The Guardian Angel,” 1716 (photo: Public Domain)
Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:1-5, 10
Today is the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels. I suspect that all of us pray to our guardian angel asking for guidance and protection from the Evil One. Personally, I love the idea of having an angel there at my side every moment of my life. I take great comfort in this, and I frequently call on my angel for specific needs. The wonderful Guardian Prayer is a prayer our parents taught us and, as adults, we should continue to recite it every morning. It goes like this: Angel of God, my guardian dear, To whom God's love commits me here, Ever this day, be at my side, To light and guard, Rule and guide.
It is a prayer that honors the angels that God has sent to be with us and to protect us. I have prayed it with many of my family members, friends and students. I pray that they will be open to God’s Holy will.
In today’s first reading, it is clear to us that Job finally hears the Word of God and is willing now to have an open heart. His declaration that God can do all things is a comforting one. The rewards are great for the faithful behavior of Job, and although they focus on material things in this passage, we know that the true rewards are much greater and of a different nature.
The responsorial psalm speaks to our relationship with God, and our need to be ready at any time. Asking for prayer, wisdom, and insight allows the teacher to bestow them upon us.
In the narrative of Saint Luke, Jesus presents us with another parable for the Gospel. He proposes that the adults come as children, humble and open, as well as innocent. It is that very humility that will allow for our rewards and rejoicing. Saint Mother Teresa’s remark to see Jesus in all whom she served ties in beautifully to our Gospel message.
Question of the Day: How will you live your life in humble service to the Lord?
Prayer: Lord 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.