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AngelsDecember 01, 2011
“Entertaining angels unawares” is, necessarily, a somewhat hazardous responsibility. For the good host is always at pains to discover what the guest likes to eat and drink and, above all, tries to make the unheralded visitor feel at home.
Yet the Scriptures see it the other way around. We are the ones who are ill at ease, caught off our guard and fearful of that sudden news or the invasion of our little worlds by a larger frame of reference. Angels in the Bible always seem to go out of their way to produce just the right refreshment at the right moment in the most unlikely places. Above all they support us and make us feel at home in the providence and presence of God. “Fear not, Mary.”
Their confidence is greater because their experience is larger. They are not imprisioned in a world-view which is bound by the limits of human senses.
Christians, in the spirit of Columbus, must refuse to believe we shall fall off the edge by going too far. In the meantime, the angels are pilots, commissioned by God to steer us safely home as brave new men and women ready to live in a brave new world.
- The Rt. Rev. Michael Marshall | Assistant Bishop of London
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