Daily Office Readings for Monday: Proper 6 of Year 1
“While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’” (Acts 1: 10 – 11)
I loved the television series “Touched by an Angel. I believe in angels and that they are always all around us. They can make themselves visible and heard when they need to be seen and heard. I think that often angels are visibly with us without us knowing who, or what they are. In Hebrews we are told to “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:1-2)
Angels do intercede when necessary to see what kind of people we are. In Tobit, of the Apocrypha, we have this revelation. “When you did not hesitate to rise and leave your dinner in order to go and lay out the dead, your good deed was not hidden from me, but I was with you. So now God sent me to heal you and your daughter-in-law Sarah. I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels who present the prayers of the saints and enter into the presence of the glory of the Holy One.” (Tobit 12: 13 – 15)
Sometimes they appear frightful and must calm us by saying “fear not.” And only then give us instruction. But they have the option to change their attitude when necessary to minister justice. For example in Luke where Zechariah questioned the integrity of Gabriel, “The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.” (Luke 1:19-20)
In the situation we have today, it seems the men of Galilee just looked around and there were two men among them, supposedly people they did not know. But they needed to get God’s plan moving. These Galileans might have stayed staring at the sky and pondered off in the wrong direction. It was time to take action for the sake of what God wants for the world. So the angels said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven?” They needed to get moving.
So I think these God appointees work as conductors of the work to see to it that we stay on track. How would believing that you are in the presence of angels all the time change the way you live your life? Better start changing then, because they are real and they are among us.
Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing. John+