Who is the king of glory?; Angels: Day 202

St. Ambrose imagines the twenty-fourth psalm as the dialog of the angels when Christ rose from the dead. He points out that even angels, though they possess great knowledge, can advance step by step just as we do.When the angels saw the Lord of all approaching, the first and only Van- quisher of death, they told their leaders to lift up the gates, saying in adoration, “Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that the King of glory may come in” (Ps. 24:7).Yet there … [Read more...]

Angels proclaim the Resurrection; Angels: Day 201

The women who came to the tomb where Jesus had been buried were granted a vision of  angels. Why  were they given this privilege? It was because of  their deep love for Christ, says St. Cyril of Alexandria.The women came to the sepulcher, and when they could not find the body of Christ—for he had risen—they were much perplexed. And what happened then? For the sake of their love for Christ, and their earnest zeal in it, they were counted worthy of seeing holy angels, who even told them the joy … [Read more...]

The Resurrection amazed even the angels; Angels: Day 200

The angels, says St. Ambrose, were amazed by the Resurrection. Even the hosts of  Heaven could not understand the wonderful mystery  of  our salvation until Christ himself  revealed it.Why should we be surprised if by their worldly wisdom men failed to comprehend the mystery of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden (Col. 2:3); that mystery which not even angels have been able to know except by revelation?For who could by pur … [Read more...]

The angels wondered at the risen Christ; Angels: Day 199

Christ rose to Heaven in his glorified body, says St. Cyril of Alexandria. He imagines how the angels must have wondered at the sight: the God of  all creation appearing in human form, with scars from the nails still in his hands!Thus the only-begotten Word of God returned to the heavens, with the flesh united to him.How strange was the sight in Heaven! The throng of angels marveled when they saw the King of earth and the Lord of might in a form like ours. And they said, “Who is this tha … [Read more...]

Angels could set us free; Angels: Day 198

Though angels have often come to aid God’s faithful people, says St. Gregory the Great, they could not redeem us from sin. Only God himself  could accomplish that.It (wisdom) cannot be gotten for gold” ( Job 28:15).What does “gold” mean here but the holy angels? They are called “gold” because they persist in the original innocence in which they were created. They shine with the beauty of righteousness, and they are stained with no impurity of sins—not in the very least.But none of the … [Read more...]

No angel was worthy; Angels: Day 197

In Revelation, an angel holds a scroll and asks, “Who  is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” St. Victorinus says that the scroll is the Old Testa- ment, and to open it is to overcome death—something  no angel could do. Only Christ could accomplish it.“And I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals” (Rev. 5:1). This book sig- nifies the Old Testament, which has been given into the hands of our Lord J … [Read more...]