Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Today we celebrate the feast of the archangels, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. While angels have become somewhat popular in recent times, there's not much we know about them. One thing we do know is that they have no physical bodies - they are not visible - and they are "good" (the word itself an extension of "God"). I wonder if that means that if we are good when we cannot be seen, when there is no chance of being caught, that we, too, would be angels. Not a perfect syllogism, I know...still, perhaps there may be something to this. And yet God's very first words in the Bible are, "Let there be light." Does that mean that God knows we are weak and prone to do what is not good, and therefore wants to be sure there is enough light to keep us from stumbling? Perhaps. That would seem to say God doesn't have much confidence is us. But this is in total contrast with the great trust and confidence God shows in us by placing God's dreams (for a heaven on earth) and God's very Self in our hands (as in the Eucharist). Perhaps, God's first words really say,"Let us be the light"..."us" as in you and me, "us" as in collaboration with God, to make all "good".