01 July 2015

I Talk To Angels

Have you ever 'heard' a timely message from an unlikely source, possibly hearing something that touched your heart?

I have learned that one can 'hear' a blessed message from the most unlikely of people. I suggest that we not automatically be quick to think that the person who looks homeless has nothing good to share with you or has nothing of value to say, even among words sounding gibberish. I also suggest we not automatically admire too highly the opinions of those who look successful and seem to be masters of their domain, even among polished words sounding like gospel. We never know who in fact we are standing before. We may never see what is really happening around us. If we listen closely, we may catch a glimpse of a timely message; we may be able to realize the hand of God working on our behalf. This, I suggest, is how we should approach every person we come across in life.

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

- Hebrews 13: 2

There are accounts of angels being both seen and unseen, even unrecognizable among people.

Consider the account of Tobit, his son and Raphael. Tobit's son is sent with a hired stranger to guide the journey to a distant land. This man was seen to have eaten food, but that was an illusion to accommodate the angel's mission, keeping his true form from being revealed prematurely.

Consider the account of the two angels who defended the people and prevented the temple from being looted at the time of the Maccabees.

Consider the account also in Maccabees when two warrior angels defended the faithful and routed the enemy. The faithful never perceiving the angels!

Angels are among us.

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