Be created in the image of God

Feast of the Archangels

John 1:47-51

The first reading from the Book of Daniel obviously shows the grandeur and power of God with all else serving Him.  It also mentions the Son of Man possessing the same power, kingship, and magnificence.  This is the true picture of heaven.

As we celebrate the feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, it is our firm belief that the description of the Book of Daniel is true; and that heaven, God, and that angels are real. 

Pushing our faith further, pray that we may also see heaven here on earth.  Every family, every community, and the Church itself could be a picture of heaven.  What does it take for us to see heaven in the midst?

First, let us enliven our faith by learning about it and staying close to Jesus, the way to the Father.  Allot time, talent and treasure to invest in heavenly things.

The angels are the representations of God.  Michael (who is like God), Raphael (medicine of God), and Gabriel (the courage of God) fulfill their responsibilities in the scheme of God's designs.  We can also participate in God's world given our God-given gifts of time, talent, and treasure.  If all Catholics become active in being Church, heaven could truly be here on earth.

Finally, the angels bring forth the message of God.  Do we still remember our mission?  As Jesus commanded, we are to proclaim the Good News of Jesus and make disciples of all nations. 

As we human beings are created in the image and likeness of God, let us strive to reach the perfection of the angels of the Lord.  This is the sure sign of our acceptance of the reign of God in our lives.


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