THE SERVANT GENERAL
WAR IN HEAVEN AND EARTH
of Sts Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
September 29, 2016
Today’s reading: Revelation 12:7-12
Today we celebrate the feast of the three archangels. In a
way, they can represent the three pillars of our life and
mission--evangelization, family renewal, and work with the
Michael fought against Lucifer and the evil angels. This
was the original spiritual warfare, fought in the heavens.
Spiritual warfare is what happens when we do the work
announced the birth of Jesus to Mary. Jesus was born of
woman and lived for thirty years in a home. Spending over
90% of his life in a family and home points to the importance
of the work of family renewal.
took care of Tobias on his journey and arranged for the
healing of his father Tobit’s blindness. Tobit performed
many charitable deeds, including feeding the hungry, clothing
the naked and burying the dead (Note: the 6 corporal works
of mercy are taken from Matthew while the 7th is taken
from the book of Tobit). This points to our work with
But today we focus on St Michael. Lucifer had rebelled against
God, and Michael rose to defend God. “Then war broke
out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the
dragon.” (v.7a). Michael defeated Lucifer. “The
dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail
and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The
huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil
and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to
earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.” (v.7b-9).
Satan continues to deceive the whole world, in order to impose
his dominion. Today values have been turned upside down, with
good becoming bad and bad becoming good. Today people have
been blinded and have turned from faith, family and life.
was defeated, and the ultimate defeat came at the hands of
the Savior. Jesus crushed the head of the serpent on the cross.
“They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb”
(v.11a). But in his death throes, the ancient serpent continues
to bring people down. And so the war continues to rage. Salvation
has been won by Jesus. “Now have salvation and power
come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his
Anointed.” (v.10b). But that salvation needs to be proclaimed.
This is done by evangelizers “and by the word of their
testimony” (v.11b). This is the work of evangelization.
is in his death throes. But that makes him even more dangerous
in his desperation. Thus today, as we enter into the end times,
evil and darkness are ever increasing throughout the world.
“But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come
down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short
so we continue with our work of evangelization, which brings
us deep into spiritual warfare. Holy warriors, know that the
enemy has already been defeated. “Therefore, rejoice,
you heavens, and you who dwell in them.” (v.12a). But
we still have quite a fight on our hands, and this continues
to be a fight to the death. We are to give our all, even our
very lives, for “love for life did not deter them from
fear. We have our Lord who has already won the victory, and
we have Michael the Archangel to defend us in battle.