THE SERVANT GENERAL
Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
September 29, 2017
Today’s reading: Revelation 12:7-12
Today we read about the primordial event when “war broke
out in heaven” (v.7a). What a battle that must have
been! The original star wars! Angels against angels. “Michael
and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and
its angels fought back” (v.7b). The latter lost and
were thrown out of heaven” (v.8-9). The dragon is Satan
and his angels now the demons.
spiritual war continues on earth. And Satan, seething and
wanting revenge, seeks the destruction of God’s people.
“But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come
down to you in great fury” (v.12b). Now the fight is
ours. Now God calls on His holy warriors.
was achieved by Michael in heaven. On earth, Jesus also already
won the victory on the cross. “They conquered him by
the blood of the Lamb” (v.11a). Through Jesus’
saving act, “Now have salvation and power come”
the war rages on. Satan is still able to bring many to perdition,
and has dominion over the world. God calls and anoints His
holy warriors to assault that dominion, and bring people back
to God and back to the Church. They do this through the work
of evangelization and mission, “by the word of their
face a formidable enemy, “the huge dragon, the ancient
serpent” (v.9a). We need all the help we can get. Aside
from the power of the Holy Spirit, God sends His angels to
join us in battle.
The Bible tells us about three archangels.
is Michael. His name means “Who is like God?”
He is the Prince of the heavenly host. He is the guardian
and champion of Israel (we are the new Israel). He is the
patron of knights, soldiers, paratroopers and security forces.
He is the ultimate holy warrior!
there is Gabriel. His name means “God is my strength.”
In the Bible he is seen as a messengerto Daniel (Dn 8:16),
to Zachariah (Lk 1:19), to Mary (Lk 1:26-27). He delivers
God’s very important messages. He is the patron of messengers
there is Raphael. His name means “God has healed.”
In the book of Tobit, he traveled with Tobias (Tb 5:4ff),
expelled the demon from Sarah and bound it hand and foot (Tb
8:3), and caused the healing ofTobit (Tb 11:7-8). As Tobias’
traveling companion, he is important for journeys and critical
moments in life. He is the patron of travelers, healers, shepherds
warriors need all three archangels. Michael already defeated
the evil one, and is guardian and champion of God’s
people. We need him, as knights and soldiers in the armies
of God. Gabriel is the strength of God and delivers His messages.
We need God’s strength to bring His message of salvation
to all, and in our role as ambassadors of Christ. Raphael
expelled and bound the demon, and brought healing. We need
him as we travel throughout the world and assault the enemy,
bringing healing and being healed ourselves when we are wounded
in the process. We need him also as we pastor the flock and
bring counsel to God’s people.
Then there are the rest of the angels to accompany us and
fight with us. Angels are servants or messengers of God. We
too are God’s servants and God’s messengers. Above
all, we are holy warriors. Jesus is victorious. We too can
be victorious, if we give our all, even unto death. May it
be said of holy warriors: “love for life did not deter
them from death.” (v.11c). Because of them, the devil
“knows he has but a short time.” (v.12c).
holy warriors! Ho-wa!