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When I was small child my parents used to assure me that my guardian angel is always guarding me. Because of that I was always aware that my angel was accompanying me whereever I go, guarding, guiding and protecting me from harm. And as I grew older, my awareness of my angel’s presence lessens. Now, I seldom pray to my guardian angel. Adults seem to think that they do not have guardian angels anymore. For them, angles are only for small children.

Today, on the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, God reminds us that He has assigned for each one of us an angel to guard us in all our ways. They never leave us until we die. This means that our guardian angel has been accompanying us since we were born and has not left us even if we are not conscious of their presence.

In our Gospel, Jesus said,

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
for I say to you that their angels in heaven
always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”

Jesus reminded the people to treat little children with reverence since their guardian angels are with them and are always in the presence of God. He started by saying that those who humble themselves like a child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus did not teach us to be childish in our ways. What He teaches us is about the humility of a child and her dependence on her parents. If we, too, manifest our humility and dependence in God, we will be called great in heaven. Our guardian angels guide us to walk in the ways of humility and dependence on God. A person who is too proud and overly confident about himself in his abilities, fame and wealth is no longer be dependent on God. He has no need of God. Our guardian angels protect us from living this kind of life. They lead us towards God walking in humility and dependence. Their role is to ensure that we are not lost in our earthly pilgrimage towards heaven.

This feast then reminds us to be constantly aware of our guardian angels accompanying us all the days of our life. Let us remember to pray daily,

Angel of God
My guardian dear
To Whom His love
Commits me here
Ever this day
Be at my side
To light and guard
To rule and guide. Amen

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Memorial of the Guardian Angels

READINGS

First Reading: JB 19:21-27

Responsorial Psalm: PS 27:7-8A, 8B-9ABC, 13-14

Gospel: MT 18:1-5, 10

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