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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: October 2, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Like many if not most of you, I have too often neglected to acknowledge the presence of my guardian angel. Even when I would recite the ‘Angel of God’ prayer it would be simply something to do and get over with. That being said I have always known my GA has always been by my side, even when I was committing a sin though at that point for me it was ‘out of sight out of mind’. So while my GA was surely leading me away from it, I however was too stubborn to care! Still my faithful GA would intercede on my behalf and light my way back into the arms of my Lord and God. My GA has helped me in many ways and through many situations too numerous to list. From preventing a fall to helping me listen to God’s call. From my sheer pettiness to virtues towards Holiness.

Yes indeed all of us children of God our Father, have a powerful ally by our side. All of them have been entrusted to guard our purity of heart and soul. And to gently remind us that we have a great and loving Father we can always depend on as we should. He will give us anything we ask for, to build His Kingdom. And one day soon we will enter it into the glory of God our Father.

So on this day as we remember and honour our Holy Guardian Angels, let us pray that through their tireless guidance and intercessions we strive to become perfect as our Heavenly is perfect. Amen

First reading

Nehemiah 2:1-8 ·
‘Give me leave to go to the city of my ancestors and rebuild it’

In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, the wine being my concern, I took up the wine and offered it to the king. Now I had never been downcast before. So the king said, ‘Why is your face so sad? You are not sick, surely? This must be a sadness of the heart.’ A great fear came over me and I said to the king, ‘May the king live for ever! How could my face be other than sad when the city where the tombs of my ancestors are lies in ruins, and its gates have been burnt down?’ ‘What’ the king asked ‘is your request?’ I called on the God of heaven and made this reply to the king, ‘If it pleases the king, and if you are satisfied with your servant, give me leave to go to Judah, to the city of my ancestors’ tombs, and rebuild it.’ The king, with the queen sitting there beside him, said, ‘How long will your journey take, and when will you return?’ So I named a date that seemed acceptable to the king and he gave me leave to go. I spoke to the king once more, ‘If it please the king, could letters be given me for the governors of Transeuphrates to allow me to pass through to Judah? And also a letter for Asaph, keeper of the king’s park, to supply me with timber for the gates of the citadel of the Temple, for the city walls and for the house I am to occupy?’ This the king granted me, for the kindly favour of my God was with me.

Gospel

Matthew 18:1-5,10
Anyone who welcomes a little child in my name welcomes me

The disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, ‘I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
‘Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. See that you never despise any of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in heaven are continually in the presence of my Father in heaven.’