Today’s Gospel: John 1:47-51 – Sts. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael
Nathanael was amazed that Jesus knew who he was and what he was doing before they met. Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God!” Apparently that was all it took for him to believe in Jesus. But Jesus tells him that is nothing compared to what he has yet to see. Jesus says, “…you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of man.”
On this feast of the archangels I like to take the opportunity to reflect on the infinite power and glory of our God, by contemplating His mighty archangels that go back and forth between heaven and earth. It is unfortunate to think about how angels have been depicted in a lot of children’s literature. They are often characterized as little babes with wings – nothing could be further from the truth.
Angels are truly awesome creatures, and their magnificence speaks to the infinite nature of our God. These “messengers” of God are the same beings we hear stories of in scripture. They do battle for us, announce the Lord to us, and minister to our needs. One day the heavens will open, and we will see all of the hosts of heaven around the throne of God. I cannot imagine what a sight that will be, and I think Nathanael could not have imagined it either.
What opportunities do I have today for contemplating the glory of God and the promise of heaven?
Oh Lord, Your majesty is beyond my comprehension. Help me to remember that what I have experienced of You is just a taste of what heaven holds for eternity.
Copyright 2017 Jessica Ptomey
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