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Guardian Angels

Exodus 23:20-23
Psalm 91
Matthew 18:1-5, 10

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"Be attentive to him and heed his voice. Do not rebel against him." —Exodus 23:21

The Scriptures tell us to take care not to rebel against our guardian angels. Most of us don't think we're guilty of rebelling because we've hardly thought of our guardian angels. Possibly that is why the Scriptures tell us to "be attentive" (Ex 23:21). Ignoring our guardian angels may be a subtle way of rebelling against them. No wonder our enemy, the devil, seems to get the best of us, although God promised we would have the victory (Ex 23:22). That promise is conditional on our heeding the voice of our angels.

Let's not give angels the "silent treatment" by ignoring them and God's Word about them. They attend to us and never forget us. Jesus warns us not to despise the little ones, that is, Christians, saying: "I assure you, their angels in heaven constantly behold My heavenly Father's face" (Mt 18:10).

We have all had people ignore us, so we know what angels experience. Just because angels are invisible is no reason to ignore them. Many of the best things in life are invisible. We have faith by which we operate in the invisible dimension. Faith is "conviction about things we do not see" (Heb 11:1). With the eyes of faith, be attentive to your angel. This will help you love Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, increase my faith so I don't miss out on the things that matter most in life.

Promise:  "Whoever makes himself lowly, becoming like this child, is of greatest importance in that heavenly reign. Whoever welcomes one such child for My sake welcomes Me." —Mt 18:4-5

Praise:  Praise be to the Triune God, Who has given us each an angel to be "the custodian of [our] lives" (Bar 6:6).

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Archangels on audio AV 61-3 or video V-61.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 6, 2006

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