Angels are an interesting bunch of beings. We see them in many different ways. The Arch Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would become Jesus’ mother. An angel told Joseph, in a dream, that he was to take Mary and the baby and flee into Egypt. Herod was looking to kill the Baby Jesus. At Jesus’ birth there was a multitude of angels singing Glory to God in highest heaven, peace on earth on who God’s favor rest. Last Friday was the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. Arch Angel Michael is the Patron Saint of the United States. He is the one who battled Satan and threw him out of heaven. Some people eat Blackberry Pies on St. Michael’s day because the story goes that Satan had to go through the briar patch before going underground to get to Hell. Many times we see angels lighted up on the side of a house to protect the people living there. I do believe that some of us have two Guardian Angels to watch over us. Some angels are portrayed as little babies with wings. Sometimes they are just heads and wings. Don’t forget angels don’t have bodies.
Today’s Epistle is the Letter to the Hebrews 1:1-4, 2: 5-12. In it St. Paul talked about God’s message came through the Prophets of the Old Testament and that His final Word was His Son Jesus. He said that Jesus was the heir of all things and Jesus Co-Created the Universe with God the Father and Holy Spirit. Verse 3 says, “ the Son is the radiance of God’s glory and exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Paul also said that Jesus was much superior to the angels
Paul goes on to talk about angels and humans. It said it was not the angels who were being ministered to but humans. He said that God created humans a little lower than the angels. He crowned us with glory and honor and put everything under our feet. BIG WARNING HERE! Sometimes historically and even today some people use this idea that humans are to have dominion over all of creation to destroy parts of God’s creation. Some think that they are better and are able to rule others when they aren’t any better than those they try to rule over. We also have to be careful because some would have us believe that they have the right, because of money or power, to be able to misuse the earth’s resources and peoples. We usually need to remind ourselves and others that our job is to be good stewards of God’s creation and not master’s over it. Amen!
-Father Ed Murphy, Shared Episcopal Ministry