The Angels and Us

The feast of St. Michael and All Angels seems like a good time to remind us that angels aren’t here to do our work for us. Angels are messengers (from the Greek angelos) of God’s word. It’s up to us to hear that message and put it into action. Injustice is our responsibility to correct. We’ve heard the message, and now we have a chance to act on it.

I’m no poet, but the song we sing after communion in my church captures it beautifully:

The Lord now sends us forth, with hands to serve and give

To make of all the earth, a better place to live

The angels were not sent, into this world of pain

To do what we were meant, to do in Jesus’ name

That falls to you and me, and all who are made free.

Help us, O Lord we pray, to do your will today.


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