St. Michael and All Angels – Homily

Pastor M. Beecroft, 09/29/2009

Today we honor St. Michael and all the angels. Only two angels are named in the canonical books of Holy Scripture: Gabriel and Michael. Gabriel, which means, “Man of God,” announced the incarnation of the Son of God to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Michael, which means, “Who is like God?” leads the continuing cosmic battle against Satan and the demonic. St. Michael’s name could not be more appropriate. “Who is like God?”

The right and true answer, of course, is no one. Yet this does not stop creatures from attempting to be like God. Satan, originally a created angel, wanted to be like God. The prophet Isaiah reports about Satan, “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High” (Is. 14:3-4). Satan attempted to exalt himself to the place of God. So he was cast out of the heavenly presence of the Triune God. Christ then defeated him by the victory of the cross. On the Day of the Lord, Michael and the angels will defeat him once for all. Satan’s prideful attempt to “be like God” will end in his destruction.

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