Short homily for the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
Theme: The Archangels!
By: Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
Homily for Wednesday September 29 2021
Dan.7:9-10,13-14; John 1:47-51
Today we celebrate three great Archangels; Michael, who’s mentioned in the book of Revelations as leader of the heavenly host, and patron saint of soldiers and whose name means ‘who is like God’, Gabriel, whose name means ‘Strength of God’, who we see in the Book of Daniel explaining Daniel’s visions and was also the bearer of the news of Jesus’s birth to Mary, and Raphael, whose name means ‘God’s remedy’ and who heals Tobit of his blindness in the book of Tobit.
St Gregory the great, in today’s office of readings, reminds us that the word ‘angel’ denotes a function rather than a nature, since angels have always been spirits. He says they can only be called angels when they deliver some message…and those who proclaim messages of supreme importance are called Archangels. Friends, the readings of today remind us of the reality of these heavenly spirits. In these heavenly beings, we are reminded that we’re not alone. Let us therefore aspire to come to that place where we shall see thousands upon thousands of angels and saints ascending and descending. When the Heavenly books are opened, may our names be there!
Good morning dear. God bless your weekend. Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, pray for us.