Friday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time
Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels
September 29, 2017
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.
For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
who accuses them before our God day and night.
They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens,
and you who dwell in them.”
Today readings talk about the Completion or Victory of God’s Salvation upon heaven and Earth and defeat of the Devil or Evil in Heaven and Earth. This is a Vision of John in the Book of Revelation. The book of revelation itself is the Prophesy of Coming of the Kingdom of God on Heaven and Earth. In the Gospel reading we see Nathaniel who was a teacher of the Law, awaiting to see Messiah to save them from Sin of Slavery to freedom. Nathaniel was expecting the revelation of Messiah under the Fig tree which was a symbol of God’s Wisdom and Jews believed that revelation is manifested like Jacob got a dream of Angels ascending and descending from heaven, if they study the Scriptures under a fig tree. Jesus uses his Word of Knowledge here, a true Israelite who awaits the Messiah will descend from heaven like an angel to descend from heaven under a fig tree or through the Law. The Law was contaminated with human knowledge and interpreted in a wrong meaning. Jesus in fact descended from heaven through Gabriel Angel giving the good news to Mary that she will Conceive a Son through the power of the Holy Spirit. Mary becomes the tree of Wisdom who obeyed God’s Word and the Messiah takes birth in Manger which only Maggie’s who interpreted the Law in a right spirit encountered him.
The Angels Conquered the Devil and his Kingdom by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of the Testimony. Jesus had won the Salvation but He allowed the Evil to roam freely so that he wanted his People may defeat him by the Weapons of Salvation, the blood of Jesus and our Witnessing to Jesus. The Satan must be defeated by you and me in our life. By wearing the armour of God and witnessing him in love and prayer make us victorious in our life. If we love our Worldly life, we cannot win the Victory but we must love the Gospel values and undervalue the Worldly life and Bodily death. The Satan tempts us to love our life in this World and takes us away from God and day and night accuses us in heavenly Court of our disobedience to God’s Word. He plays double role first he tempts us to do all Worldly things in our life which is Contrary to the Gospel and then he goes in the presence of God and accuses us of our disobedience. He is a liar, who tempted our first parents by giving a false promise that if you eat the fruits you will not die…but Adam and Eve died due to their disobedience. God created man in his image as immortal but man sinned and became mortal.
Many Saints and Holy men and Women have trusted in the Saving Blood of Jesus and have become witnesses to him . When we witness Jesus in our life , we destroy the Kingdom of Satan in this Earth as well as in heaven. When he goes to heaven to accuse the people of God , by the power of the blood of Jesus and the Word of our testimony , the Angel Michael with all his angel will bind the Satan and thrown in to the Earth so that never again he can go to the presence of God to accuse us.
Satan and all the Evil angels are Creation of God and pure spirits and but powerful than human. But they are weak before the power of God. We must use the Power of the Gospel and Jesus and the Holy Spirit to confront these spirits in our lives. If we use our human Wisdom how powerful or Scientific or technologically advanced it may be, if it is not made in God’s Wisdom and for his purpose, we cannot eradicate Evil from this World. Moreover, Evil will use these Super human powers to harm God’s People and Kingdom. If we see Nuclear Power was invented for energy and for many other good things of life but today Nuclear Power has become the biggest threat to the humanity. The Satan or Devil is using this power to blackmail and control other nations. Who are the great powers of today, most of them are nuclear powers. Once upon a time nation invented guns to hunt animals and protect themselves, but later used the same guns to control other backward nations and rule them on gun point. When the missionaries preached the Gospel of love, they put down the guns and building communities of love.
The sacrificial blood of Jesus which enlightens our mind to the true Messiah in repentance and by becoming the followers of that love by witnessing his teachings only the way to save the World from the Evil and even the threats of the super powers. One of the best Witnessing is to pray for the World to enlighten them with true values of life. They have been hypnotised or a spell has been put on these people by the Evil, When we pray to Jesus to enlighten them with the Power of his Spirit, the Evil spirit must leave and the human comes in to his senses and transformation takes place, We have seen this in the history, how the Evil has been destroyed by the power of Prayer, peace, love and patience. We can truly call the Angels to help us if we trust Jesus and do what he is telling us to do, without Jesus even, Angels will not be able to overpower the Evil because they also have created in the Spirit form and have the same ability. The weapons they use are the Jesus Sacrificial death on the Cross and Witnessing to his Salvation, the testimony of our response to Jesus and his saving power in our life. If we do not gain the Weapons of Salvation, Devil will accuse us in the presence of God for each and every activity of our which is not as per the Word of God and claim our Soul now after our death. So friends let us not take lightly the Salvation of Jesus but let us believe, live and die with him. Also let us ask the intercessions of St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael and all the Angels and saints to intercede for us and the Whole World to save us from the snares of the Evil one.