Angels are limited; the Spirit is not, Angels: Day 026

Angels are limited; the Spirit is not, Angels: Day 026 August 16, 2016

angels_basil_1Angels are limited; the Spirit is not

Against those who would relegate the Holy Spirit to inferior status, St. Basil the Great points out that Scripture consistently treats the angels as limited beings: here but not there, in one place and not another. But the Spirit, as God, is everywhere at once.


Of the rest of the powers of Heaven, each is believed to be in a limited place. The angel who stood by Cornelius (Acts 10:3) was not with Philip at exactly the same time (Acts 8:26); the angel who spoke with Zechariah from the altar (Luke 1:11) was not simultaneously up in Heaven at his post.

But the Spirit is believed to have been working in Habakkuk and Daniel at the same time in Babylon, and to have been at the prison with Jeremiah, and with Ezekiel by the Chebar.

For “the Spirit of the Lord has filled the world” (Wis. 1:7). “Whither shall I go from your Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from your presence?” (Ps. 139:7). –St. Basil the Great,  On the Holy Spirit, 23


A powerful guardian angel is with me all the time, and the power of the Spirit is infinite. Am I mindful of their presence every day?


Have mercy on me according to your great compassion, Lord. Send your angels to protect me, and send forth on me your all-holy Spirit.


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