26th Week in Ordinary Time
Psalter: Week 2
Ps 137:1–2, 3, 4–5, 6
Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!
1st Reading: Ne 2:1–8
In the month of Nisan, in thetwentieth year of King Artaxerxes, I was doing my duty as cupbearer. I took up the wine and gave it to the king. I had never been sad before in the past. So, the king said to me, “Why do you look sad? You don’t look sick. Is there something that bothers you?”
I became hesitant. And I said, “May the king live forever! How could I afford not to be sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins and its gates are burned down?” The king said to me, “What do you want, then?” I asked help of God from heaven and said to the king, “If it seems good to the king and if he is pleased with my work, then may he send me to the land of Judah, to the city where my ancestors are buried, that I may rebuild it.”
The queen was sitting beside the king, and the king asked me, “How long will you be gone? When will you be back?” I told him the date and he allowed me to leave. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, may you give me letters for the governors of the province at the other side of the River that I may travel to Judah and also a letter to Asaph, the caretaker of the king’s forest, for I will need wood for the?gates of the Citadel near the Temple, for the walls of the city and for the house where I shall live.”
The good hand of God was supporting me, so that the king gave me what I asked.
Gospel: Lk 9:57–62
As Jesus and his disciples went on their way, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
To another Jesus said, “Follow me.” But he answered, “Let me go back now, for first I want to bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their dead; as for you, leave them and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Another said to him, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.” And Jesus said to him, “Whoever has put his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God.”
Lorna Byrne of England published an autobiographical work, Angels in My Hair. In it she narrates how angels became her mentors since her childhood. She claims that she sees and interacts with angels regularly and that they have taught her much. One of the reasons why she chose to write the book (or was asked to do so by the angels) is because people have forgotten the reality of angels and the help they are willing to offer them. Angels stand by us, ever willing to help us if we call upon them.
Even if someone is inclined to dismiss Lorna’s claims as make-believe, what she says about angels waiting on us, ever ready to help us, is an article of faith that seems to have been forgotten by many people. Today we celebrate the feast of our guardian angels. How wonderful it would be to redeem our childlike trust in the presence of a guardian angel next to us, whom we can call upon for help anytime of the day or the night! It would not be a bad idea to name your guardian angel and discuss your plans, hopes, fears, and joys with him or her on a daily basis. Our angels can help us immensely in our following of Christ.
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