Our desire to do things our way is the very definition of sin. To this day, being ousted from the Garden has never discouraged humankind from endeavoring to do things our way.
The Holy One, however, is the Last Word in never giving up, so angels have the same old job description: convey God’s message to human beings. Squabbling, selfish, irritating lot that we are, we are still and forever God’s beloved and treasured children. How’s that for foolish consistency on God’s part? Well, that’s the way the Maker “of all that is, seen and unseen” (Nicene Creed) wants it, so that’s the way it is. Amen.
This message is adapted from “Close Encounters of the Angelic Kind” written by Marguerite Rourk in the May 2012 issue of Gather magazine. Today we observe the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels or Michaelmas Day. The readings are Daniel 10:10-14; 12:1-3; Psalm 103:1-5, 20-22; Revelation 12:7-12; Luke 10:17-20.