Living With Angels – By Father Gabriel Alkass
We recognize the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, which you know is a very important feast in our church. As children, we belong to God. So why don’t we lift up our eyes and our hearts where the Lord is? It is a very unique time before Christmas. Luke 1:26–38
If we can lift our eyes and hearts where the throne of the Lord is, Jesus will send angels to bring good news to human beings. The archangel Gabriel brought good news to Zachariah, the priest, the message to Mary and St. Joseph, and then the message on Christmas Eve, when the multitude of Angels appeared at night, sending and celebrating the human beings the birth of the Lord Jesus.
We can see the spiritual and the human beings celebrating together.
So, two questions arise.
1. Who are the angels? Let’s go to Psalm 104:4 to get a bit of information, “Who makes his angels the spirits, his ministers a flame of fire.” They are spiritual beings, like the wind, ministering or serving the Lord, and they are flames like fire.
They are so powerful, and yet they are so obedient to God.
So, would you like to know how powerful they are? Revelations 8:8 talks about the end of the world. The second of the seven angels blow into the trumpet, “and as it were, a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea.” And “the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.”
Knowing this, would you like to make such an angel a friend of yours? Absolutely. At any time, he is there for you.
One of the angels will lift your prayers to heaven every time you pray. And the angels help you without you even knowing. And the most exciting thing is that one day, you will be like an angel, according to the Lord’s promise.
And, as it says in Matthew 22:30, “in the resurrection, people will neither marry nor be given in marriage. Instead, they will be like the angels in heaven.”
How beautiful, and a much better situation.
Now, let’s move on to the second subject.
2. How are the angels and human beings in friendship?
Does anybody know when the angels appear in the church? When you see Abouna lift the white cloth and shake it three times. Abouna opens the gates of heaven, so the angels come to enter the holy liturgy.
Logically, St. Paul. In Hebrews 1:14, he says, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
How fortunate are we, my beloved? God made these spiritual angels to help and guide the faithful people – the good believers – to inherit the kingdom of God. That is a really good friendship.
Talk to one of them, my beloved, and make him your best friend. And ask him anything you want at any time you want. And according to this friendship. Look to the angel and St. Peter, who was in prison. And the second day, he was facing death. And in the middle of the night, one of the angels showed up and helped him escape from heaven.
And on the day of the resurrection, the women had an interesting discussion and friendship at the site of the tomb of Jesus.
And the Virgin Mary’s friendship with an angel on earth transferred to an outstanding relationship in heaven.
Learn more from Faither Gabriel’s sermon video here.
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May 21, 2023