“AMEN, AMEN, I SAY TO YOU, YOU WILL SEE HEAVEN OPENED AND THE ANGELS OF GOD ASCENDING AND DESCENDING ON THE SON OF MAN.” JN 1:43-51
Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
Jesus decided to go to Galilee, and he found Philip.
And Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the town of Andrew and Peter.
Philip found Nathanael and told him,
“We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law,
and also the prophets, Jesus, son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”
But Nathanael said to him,
“Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
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.” JN 1:43-51
Do angels exist? Jesus said they will be ascending and descending on the Son of Man. At Mass, when heaven and earth clash we join the angels to praise and glorify God during the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy). Yes, they do exist and we each have our own guardian angel.
The angel of God prayer is not just for young children to pray but adults too. We are fighting Satan a fallen angel who is very intelligent and deceitful. We must know the enemy like an opponent in sports, how to beat him, and know where he is at. He can be in our thoughts trying to persuade us from God.
When we think God is trying to take away our fun, it’s the devil. When we think negative thoughts about ourselves and others, it is the devil in our thoughts. Whenever we rationalize our sin and don’t think it is that bad, it is the devil in our thoughts. When we think God or the Mass is boring, it is the devil in our head.
God knows you by name. He has chosen you to be holy and without blemish before the foundation of the world. He chases after you every day all of the time. He sent His Son to redeem you. He grafted himself onto you at your Baptism so you would never be alone. He is always present. He loves you all of the time because He is love. We can choose to bring ourselves into His Presence when we stop what we are doing, sit in silence, and make ourselves present to Him. Peter Kreeft says, “There is only one game in town God vs. Satan and it starts in your mind”. Which will you believe and follow?
Don’t allow the power of the cross to die in your mind. Battle Satan with the St. Michael prayer, God’s grace in the sacraments, constant prayer, and continually talk to Jesus and allow Him to get to know you personally. We must do these things daily to win the battle versus Satan.
Today’s challenge: Start reflecting on times when your thoughts have been against God. Next time it happens be ready to say the St. Michael prayer. Continue to say the Angel of God and ask the angels in heaven to protect you from Satan. Ask Mary to wrap you in her mantle each day to keep Satan away from you and your family. Ask St. Joseph to protect you and your family from Satan. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Storm heaven, the Devil is relentless!
Be a servant, be a saint today!