Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: “What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.' He said in reply, 'I will not,' but afterwards changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, 'Yes, sir, 'but did not go. Which of the two did his father's will?” They answered, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.”
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Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels (Feast Day September 29)
St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael are the only angels named in the Bible. Angels are represented throughout the Bible as spiritual beings who mediate between God and men. Each of them has an important role in the story of our salvation. St. Michael appears in Daniel’s vision as “the great prince” who defends Israel against its enemies and in the Book of Revelation leading God’s armies to final victory over the forces of evil. Gabriel’s best-known appearance is his encounter with Mary, who consents to bear the Messiah. Raphael’s activity is confined to the Old Testament story of Tobit. There he appears to guide Tobit’s son Tobiah through a series of fantastic adventures that lead to a threefold happy ending: Tobiah’s marriage to Sarah, the healing of Tobit’s blindness, and the restoration of the family fortune. Each of the archangels performs a different mission in Scripture: Michael protects; Gabriel announces; Raphael guides.
TOMA TIEMPO PARA COMPARTIR
Take time to chat
• Which son do you think is right?
• Are you more like the first son or the second son?
• Why is it hard for us to admit when we are wrong?
St. Michael Prayer
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle,
be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil;
may God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God, cast into hell
Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.