Gift: Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.
Reading: Then the angel who spoke with me advanced as another angel came out to meet him and he said to the latter, “Run, speak to that official:* Jerusalem will be unwalled, because of the abundance of people and beasts in its midst. (Zechariah 2:7-8)
Observation: This is the latest translation from the New American Bible, revised edition. It says official, and not young man, as it does in the earlier edition. Same verses in today’s readings read;
Then the angel who spoke with me advanced,
and another angel came out to meet him and said to him,
“Run, tell this to that young man:
People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country,
because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst.
So after a little research, a well-timed question from my son about why does the Bible online say “official”, and a quick look at my earlier edition Bible that I still have, I realized that the question should be why does the new edition say “official” when the previous one said “young man”. The message that I shared with my son is that the unwalled Jerusalem that I see in the world today is the church. The message for me is that I need to consider the return of the Lord to be imminent, to be able to continue repenting of my sinful nature.
Personification: Self-Control Today, I am going to be able to display the fruit of self-control because I know that I must rely on the grace that comes from God through his angels who protect us, even from ourselves. I had not prayed the prayer I am about to pray, because I felt like I was protected this morning from evil. The truth is that I may have been protected from evil outside, but I must remember that there is an evil that can be just as harmful inside that I have to fight against as well.
Prayer: Saint Michael, the Archangel. Defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, cast into hell satan and the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.
- Preparing for the Archangels: (deaconjohn1987.wordpress.com)