REFLECTION FOR THE TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (YEAR C), Week beginning 2ND OCTOBER 2022
October, the month of the Holy Rosary, opens with the Memorial of St. Therese of Lisieux, one of the most loved of saints. She is known affectionately as the “Little Flower” – rather fitting for the month and the Devotion that is based upon the rose. (Each “Hail, Mary” in the Rosary is seen as being a single rose offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary).
October 2nd, this year, is a Sunday, and so the Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels is stood down (very appropriately, since every Sunday firstly celebrates the Glorious Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus from the dead).
This year, Monday October 3rd is a “Feria” (a non-Feast and non-Memorial). This enables us to have the Mass of the Holy Guardian Angels on that day. This will be a more than fitting way of marking our return to 9.15 morning Masses (Mondays to Fridays inclusive), after an enforced period of having to move to a 7.30 evening timing, ever since Tuesday June 21st.
We all have a Guardian Angel for all our lives. They have a single “job description” – to look after us, to look out for us. For all we know, our Guardian Angel may well have saved us from imminent danger or harm, without us ever even being aware of it – and, indeed, on more than one occasion, perhaps.
Therefore, we should reverence our Guardian Angel. Scripture exhorts us to offer him no resistance. The Church encourages us to name him, though we cannot know his true name. (We make reference to “him” but, of course, Angels do not have gender. They are spirits – they have never lived on earth).
PRAYER TO THE GUARDIAN ANGEL
“O, ANGEL OF GOD, MY GUARDIAN DEAR,
TO WHOM GOD’S LOVE COMMITS ME HERE,
EVER THIS DAY/NIGHT, BE AT MY SIDE,
TO LIGHT AND GUARD, TO RULE AND GUIDE”.