Friday, the 25th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Michael, Gabriel & Raphael
Readings for today’s Mass
Today we celebrate the feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. Perhaps, many of us grew up believing that when a loved one died they became an angel watching over us. Our belief in the Communion of Saints means we believe that we are still connected with those who have died, but angels are something completely different. Angels are spiritual beings especially created by God. Angels have both intellect and will. They are personal, immortal, and surpass all visible creatures in perfection. Some angels chose to reject God and became fallen angels, their leader being Satan.
Scripture reveals to us the names of three archangels. In today’s readings we see St. Michael the archangel battling again Satan. St. Gabriel, if you recall, was a messenger bringing news of the Savior and St. Raphael, appearing in the book of Tobit, has the mission of healing, both spiritual and physical ills.
So what does this all mean for us? It is often times discouraging when we recognize how much evil and hurt there is in our world; how Satan entices and fights to take hold of our souls. But how much greater and more wonderful is the truth that God created a whole army of invisible beings who are fighting against the torments of evil raging war on our souls. We can find comfort and strength in our own guardian angel and inspiration in the three heroes we celebrate today.
Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael pray for us!