Feast of the Archangels

Daniel 7:9-10,13-14
Psalm 137
John 1:47-51

When I was in the third form in secondary school, we had an innovative head of year. She was a very zany dresser, combining full length fake mink coats with yellow wellies. Just seeing her outfits always gave me a lift. Her assemblies were memorable too. She used to play music as 180 girls filed in and took their places.

My favourite track was Abba, I believe in Angels.

I have a dream, a song to sing
To help me cope with anything
If you see the wonder of a fairy tale
You can take the future, even if you fail.

I believe in angels,
Something good in everything I see.
I believe in angels.
When I know the time is right for me,
I’ll cross the stream, I have a dream.

Today’s feast invites us ‘ to see the wonder’ of God’s power in our lives and to have hearts open to ‘something good in everything we see’. Listening to the Scriptures will help us to do this. In the first reading from the Book of Daniel we might imagine ourselves as part of the heavenly court. We might be filled with awe as we take our place with the ‘ten thousand times ten thousand’. Or we might sit with Nathaniel and hear the promise that we will see ‘heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending.’

These images come from realms that aren’t always easy for our imaginations to access. But what we can access are the many ways in which God can come to us in the ordinary stuff of our lives.

How can you be open to something good in everything you see today?