Ss. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael are saluted on this feast for their singular roles as both archangels and saints
Reflections on the readings for the Feast of Ss. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael (September 29, 2021): DN 7:9-10,13-14; PS 138:1-3,4-5; JN 1:47-51
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As the Catechism says, all angels are servants and messengers. They are beloved creations of the Almighty...
On this day, we see the majesty and power of Almighty God in sharing the wonder and practical help of His angels with His people on earth and honor Ss. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. He sent them among at particular times to assist His human children in special circumstances. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. … With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. … As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness.” The three we venerate today are known as archangels with important responsibilities. St. Michael is known as the grand protector who defends God people and the Church of his Son from the power of Satan. Gabriel in the eloquent communicator who reveals the plans of God to those of His people who need to hear and respond to them. Raphael is the great guide and healer, assisting those for whom God has particular concerns.
As the Catechism says, all angels are servants and messengers. They are beloved creations of the Almighty called to fulfill His will in a special way. Just as we seek the intercession of the saints and try to imitate their example, we can ask these archangels for their help, too: to defend and guide us, to aid us in understanding all God wants of us. We can ask them to be our patrons at difficult times so that we people – like the angels – may love and serve the Lord with our whole being.
Suggested missionary action: Let us make an effort to say the Angelus each day, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Son, our Savior Jesus. Then we can recall the part Gabriel played in the Annunciation of Christ’s Incarnation: “The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary, and she conceived of the Holy Spirit …”