Thursday 29 September
Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels
Gospel – John 1:47-51
“I tell you most solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending”. Today in the feast of Archangels, Jesus indicates the presence of angels and their relationship with him. They are angels of God. They are above the Son of God ascending and descending. Nathanael was amazed to hear that Jesus knew him when he was under the fig tree. But Jesus is inviting him to something bigger. He is inviting Nathanael to be part of heaven, to a dynamic relationship. This happens because of his encounter with Jesus. Often our spiritual life is confined to be under the fig tree, a static relationship, when we don’t move to this encounter with Jesus. But when we have this encounter with Jesus, we will feel the presence of heaven and the angels ascending and descending. Listening and following. Asking and receiving. Knocking and opening. That means our spiritual life becomes a dynamic relationship with Jesus. The gospel passage asks: is our relationship with Jesus a dynamic relationship of ascending and descending angels or just a static relationship of being under the fig tree?