LA PALABRA GLOBAL DEL DÍA
29/09/2020 – Martes de la 26ª semana de Tiempo Ordinario. Santos Arcángeles Miguel, Gabriel y Rafael.
Miles y miles lo servían.
Lectura de la profecía de Daniel 7, 9-10. 13-14
Miré y vi que colocaban unos tronos. Un anciano se sentó.
Su vestido era blanco como nieve, su cabellera como lana limpísima; su trono, llamas de fuego; sus ruedas, llamaradas; un río impetuoso de fuego brotaba y corría ante él. Miles y miles lo servían, millones estaban a sus órdenes. Comenzó la sesión y se abrieron los libros.
Seguí mirando. Y en mi visión nocturna vi venir una especie de hijo de hombre entre las nubes del cielo.
Avanzó hacia el anciano y llegó hasta su presencia.
A él se le dio poder, honor y reino.
Y todos los pueblos, naciones y lenguas lo sirvieron.
Su poder es un poder eterno, no cesará.
Su reino no acabará.
Palabra de Dios
Sal 137, 1-2a. 2b-3. 4-5. 7c-8
R. Delante de los ángeles tañeré para ti, Señor.
Te doy gracias, Señor, de todo corazón,
porque escuchaste las palabras de mi boca;
delante de los ángeles tañeré para ti;
me postraré hacia tu santuario. R.
Daré gracias a tu nombre:
por tu misericordia y tu lealtad,
porque tu promesa supera a tu fama.
Cuando te invoqué, me escuchaste,
acreciste el valor en mi alma. R.
Que te den gracias, Señor, los reyes de la tierra,
al escuchar el oráculo de tu boca;
canten los caminos del Señor,
porque la gloria del Señor es grande. R.
Aleluya Sal 102, 21
R. Aleluya, aleluya, aleluya.
Bendecid al Señor, ejércitos suyos,
servidores que cumplís sus deseos. R.
THE GLOBAL WORD OF THE DAY
A reading from the Book of Daniel
DN 7:9-10, 13-14
As I watched:
Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
His throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.
The court was convened, and the books were opened.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw
One like a son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
nations and peoples of every language serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
The word of the God.
From the Gospel according to John
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
WORDS OF THE HOLY FATHER
Jesus is the Son of God: hence he is perennially alive as his Father is eternally alive. This is the novelty that grace ignites in the heart of those who are open to the mystery of Jesus: the non-mathematical — but even stronger, inner — certainty of having encountered the Wellspring of Life, Life itself made flesh, visible and tangible in our midst. A faith which Blessed Paul VI, when he was still Archbishop of Milan, expressed with this admirable prayer. “O Christ, our one mediator, You are essential to us: / that we may live in Communion with God the Father; / that we may become with You, who are the one Son and our Lord, / his adopted children; / that we may be regenerated in the Holy Spirit” (Pastoral Letter, 1955). (Angelus, 29 June 2018)
SAINT OF THE DAY
Date 29 September
The Saint of the Day presents a daily calendar of Saints remembered by the Church. The pages feature the stories of the great witnesses of Christian life through the centuries, lighting our way on our journey of faith.
ST. MICHAEL, ARCHANGEL
And when we pass’d a little forth, I heard
A crying, «Blessed Mary! pray for us,
Michael and Peter! all ye saintly host!»
(Dante, Purgatory, Canto XII, 51)
As he passes among the souls of the envious Purgatory, the great Christian poet Dante hears mysterious voices recalling examples of charity – the opposite of envy. Even among the suffering souls, whose eyes are sewn shut, litanies arise. They implore the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and immediately afterward – and before Peter and all the Saints – the name of “Michael.” In the previous canto, Dante had already seen the image of St Michael’s great antagonist, Lucifer, the “most noble” of the angels, who fell from heaven like lightning.
The sword against evil
Even in the Divine Comedy we see the comparison between Michael, described in the Bible as the head of the heavenly armies; and the leader of the angels who rose up against God, and were cast into Hell. St Michael is the Prince of Heavenly Hosts who fights against evil, defending the Church and the Faith against the assaults of Satan. And even Dante, in the 13th century, recognized the power of the intercession of St Michael, who is venerated in both East and West.
“Who is like unto God?”
One can hardly count the number of cathedrals, shrines, monasteries, chapels – but also mountains, caves and hills – named for St Michael the Archangel. The name “Michael,” which is mentioned five times in the Bible, is derived from a Hebrew expression meaning “Who is like unto God?”
The prayer of Pope Leo XIII
St Michael, the angelic warrior, is an incredibly popular saint, of whom numerous stories are told. One such story dates back to 13 October 1884.
The Pope at the time, Leo XIII, had just finished celebrating Mass at a chapel in the Vatican, when he paused for several minutes. His face, according to witnesses, showed both horror and wonder. Immediately afterward, Pope Leo went to his study, sat down at his desk, and wrote out a prayer to St Michael the Archangel. He then called his secretary and ordered him to make copies of the prayer, and have them sent to all the Bishops of the world, with the command to recite the prayer at the end of every Mass.
Pope Leo revealed that he had seen a chilling vision of “legions of demons” attacking the Church, and almost destroying it. Then he saw the St Michael intervening decisively to defend the Church – not immediately, but much later, and only after the faithful had multiplied their fervent prayers to the Archangel.
In our times, the custom of reciting the St Michael Prayer after Mass has fallen into disuse. But the custom was recalled by Saint John Paul II at the Regina Coeli on 24 April 1994: “Although today this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass,” he said, “I ask everyone not to forget it, and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.”