Dear Brothers and Sisters,

1. Today is Easter Monday, traditionally called “Monday of the Angel”, because angels appeared beside the women and the Apostles with a significant role in the extraordinary event of the Resurrection. It was precisely an angel who addressed the first message from the empty tomb to the women who had come to finish the burial arrangements for Jesus’ body. He says to them: “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen, he is not here” (Mk 16:6closeMark 16:6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. (ESV) closeMark 16:6closeMark 16:6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. (ESV) And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. (ESV) ).

Angels are discreetly present at all the most important moments of Jesus’ life in addition to the Resurrection. They announce his birth ( Mt 1:20; Lk 1:26; 2:9closeLuke 1:26 Birth of Jesus Foretold 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, Luke 2:9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. (ESV) closeLuke 1:26closeLuke 1:26 Birth of Jesus Foretold 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, (ESV) Birth of Jesus Foretold 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, Luke 2:9closeLuke 2:9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. (ESV) And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. (ESV) ); they guide his flight into Egypt and his return to his native land ( Mt 2:13, 19); they are a comfort to him at the end of the temptations in the desert ( Mt 4:11) and at the hour of the passion ( Lk 22:43closeLuke 22:43 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. (ESV) closeLuke 22:43closeLuke 22:43 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. (ESV) 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. (ESV) ); at the end of time, they will stand at his side when he judges history and the world (Mt 13:41).

2. Angels, then, serve God’s designs at the fundamental moments of salvation history. As God’s envoys, they function as messengers of his redeeming will.

Their presence is seen by Scripture and by the Church’s uninterrupted faith as the sign of a special intervention of Providence and as the announcement of new realities which bring with them redemption and salvation.

Today’s feast therefore prolongs the intense joy of Easter. The liturgy says over and over: This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!”. The Easter proclamation which the divine messenger addressed to the women is repeated to each of us by our guardian angel: “Do not be afraid! Open your hearts to the risen Christ!”.

3. By putting his angel beside us, the Lord intends to accompany every moment of our lives with his love and protection, so that we can fight the good fight of faith ( 1 Tm 6:12), and give fearless and unhesitating testimony of our loyalty to the One who died and rose for our redemption

 

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