Angels – pointing the way to Jesus

This week, you will be learning lots about angels as you work your way through the various badges in the Home Lesson with the goal of earning your wings.  Your kids will learn that angels are unique heavenly beings who exist to serve God, but remembering our goal for the year, just what do angels have to do with Jesus?

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Turning first to the Catechism, it’s easy to find a simple answer:

Angels surround Jesus.  They serve Him and assist in His mission of salvation.

In Scripture, we see stories of angels from the time of Creation through the book of Revelation, assisting in God’s plan of salvation through Jesus.   They belong to Jesus because they were created through Him and for Him.

In the New Testament, we can see Jesus’ interaction with angels from the very beginnings of His life on earth:

  • The angel Gabriel visited Mary to announce God’s plan and ask her to be the mother of the Redeemer (Luke 1:26)
  • An angel visited Joseph in a dream to reassure him about becoming Jesus’ guardian.  (Matthew 1:20)
  • Angels announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds (Luke 2:14)
  • They  cared for Jesus after His temptation in the desert (Matthew 4:11)
  • They comforted Jesus during His agony in the garden (Luke 22:43)
  • And angels announced to Mary Magdalene that Jesus had been raised from the dead. (John 20:12)

Today, angels are always with us worshiping along with us at each Mass, among other things.  Jesus has given us each a guardian angel whose sole purpose is to “light, guard, rule and guide” us to heaven where hope to be with Him forever!

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