We all know the experience of being comforted. That reassuring touch, the knowing smile, a word of encouragement or some other gesture or word that makes us feel understood, noticed and loved. Just to hear the words “I am with you” can mean so much at a particular time or circumstance.

Today’s feast of the guardian angels is really a celebration of the presence of God who is with us. There are many ways in which God reveals his presence to us. I often find the presence of God revealed in creation. There are many personal experiences we can share of God’s presence with us. We find the revelation of God in the presence of another person or a friend. God revels himself to us in the sacred scriptures, divinely inspired by the Spirit. God reveals himself to us in the sacraments of the Church, primarily in and especially in the Eucharist.

Our God has not abandoned us nor has God left us unaided. God sends us an angel to guard and guide us in our life’s journey. The Church teaches us that “beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading us to life” We read in the Bible many stories of angels. The angel meets with Abram to tell him of a future son born to him,  an angel walks with Tobit and brings relief from pain to Tobias. The angel appears to Mary announcing the birth of the Saviour. These are heavenly messengers sent by God to fulfil the will of God.

In today’s reading we hear the God will send his angel “to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared”. This seems a great comfort to all of us to know that we are not alone on our journey of faith. Another proof of the love and concern God has for his people. I am reminded of a painting (artist unknown) that some might know. The drawing depicts the artist’s impression of the guardian angel. The angle is walking beside the small child as she crosses the bridge. It illustrates well to us the notion of the angel – again a telling illustration of God constant protection over us. Let us be reminded of the truth of God’s love for us. For that is what St. John tells us in his letter; “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!”

God guides us in many ways. How have I experienced the guidance of God in my life? Do I  believe that God is with me? He never leaves me abandoned for he watches over me always

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day be aa my side to light, to guard, to rule and guide Amen