This morning, as I was going over the readings for Mass, it struck me that “We’re on the winning side.”
There are actually two options for the first reading on this feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. The first option is from the book of Daniel and the second is from Revelation.
The first speaks of thrones being set up, the Ancient One taking His throne, and thousands ministering to Him. It speaks of “one like a son of man” receiving dominion, glory, kingship, and the service of all nations. It concludes with the reassuring words that his everlasting dominion shall not be taken away nor His kingship destroyed.
The second option is not “for general audiences.” It speaks of Michael and his angels battling against the dragon, who fought back with his helpers. They lost the battle, however, and lost their place in heaven. Although the serpent deceived the whole world, we are encouraged to hear that “Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed.” We read further that “the accuser of our brothers is cast out.”
Victory has been won; we have conquered “by the Blood of the Lamb.” Although we have plenty of struggles and enough to discourage us, I was reminded that “we’re on the winning side!”
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