Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Christians Like Angels are Messengers of Christ

The Monday following the Sunday of the Resurrection is traditionally known as the 'Monday of the Angel'. It is interesting to examine this reference to the 'Angel'. Naturally one's thoughts immediately go to the Gospel account of the resurrection of Jesus, in which the figure of the Lord's messenger appears".

"But the Angel of the resurrection also has another meaning, We must, in fact, remember that the term 'angel' - apart from referring to the Angels, spiritual creatures endowed with intelligence and will, servants and messengers of God - is also one of the most ancient titles attributed to Jesus Himself", by various Christian writers such as Tertullian.

"Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is also called the Angel of God the Father. He is the Messenger par excellence of God's love." "Let us now remember what the risen Christ said to the Apostles giving them His Holy Spirit: 'As the Father has sent me, so I send you'.

"This means that just as Jesus announced the love of God the Father, so must we too announce the charity of Jesus: we are messengers of His resurrection and His victory over evil and death, bearers of His divine love. Of course, by our nature we remain men and women, but we receive the mission of 'angels', messengers of Christ. This is given to us through Baptism and Confirmation. In particular, through the Sacrament of Holy Orders, it is received by priests, ministers of Christ, something I wish to highlight in this Year for Priests", Benedict XVI

3 comments:

Sr Margaret Kerry fsp said...

You beat me on this one Margie! I just added a picture. Thanks.

Margie said...

How wonderful is the charism of social communication which Blessed James Alberione gave us for our inheritance! Let's all be the angels delivering the wonderful message of Easter and the Gospel!

God bless you Sr. Margaret.

Margie said...

Dear All,

Apologies. I must have raced to put up this article from Vatican Information Service. All credit goes to VIS.

God bless you all.

Margie