An angel to guard you as you go…

One of the readings for today was from Exodus 23 :

“I myself will send an angel before you to guard you as you go and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. Give him reverence and listen to all that he says.”

In this reading God is leading the people out of Egypt and telling them that if they are obedient to his precepts then he will bless them richly and protect them.    Of course we know how things worked out there.

There are a few things we should take note of here.  First is the idea of having Angels among us.    We know and we believe that God is present in our world.  We know that he sends his angels to do his bidding.  We know the names of some of the angels, Micheal, Gabriel, and Raphael.  Mostly we do not know them by name.  Each of us has a  Guardian Angel who is sent to be with us to and guard our steps.    How comforting is that !

The other thing is the idea of sin and what happens with us in the process.   I find it interesting that there seems to be a bit of a pendulum that swings about on the subject of sin.  Not really how bad sin is, but how it is dealt with in some spiritual circles.    On one side of the fence, there is this wrathful vengeful firey God that will smite you down if you j walk, but on the other hand, there is the Loving, compassionate, forgiving God that will forgive you and not think twice about it.     Possibly the truth lies in the both ends or the middle.

I mentioned in  a previous post that sin has a way of creeping in.  When you did not think about sin at all, it didnt really bother you.  The more you become aware of sin, the the easier it seems to fall mostly because you are not only aware, but also because you are hopefully trying to stay away from it.

There is a kind of stereotype of Catholics that says, its OK to sin on Friday, and go to Confession on Saturday or Sunday and then go back out and sin some more without worrying about it.   A lack of education is one of the greatest enemies we can have particularly in our faith life.   Confession , more correctly called the Sacrament of Reconcilliation is just that,  Sin separates us from God.  Reconcilliation allows us to clear that sin and make some reparations, but included in that is the ” go and sin no more” part.   The honest effort to remove sin from your life.    We are human and suffere from human frailties.     It is not what you did, but what you do next.

Fortunately, God has sent us Angels.  In the Guardian Angel prayer, we pray ” ever this day/night be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide”.   Angels can help not only us, but others as well.    We are blessed that God loves us so much to want to provide us helpers along the way.

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