O Adonai and Ruler of the House of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and on Mount Sinai gave him your law. Come, and with outstretched arm redeem us.
For many years now images of angels have appeared everywhere in our secular culture and yet if we look beyond all the commercialization, such interest in angels may in fact point to society’s deepening hunger to believe in something greater than itself. As Christians, we profess belief in a God who not only communicates with us but who actually has become one with us through the mystery of the Incarnation.
Human words and concepts always fall silent in the face of such mystery. Words are simply inadequate to express what we know and believe to be true, that God is truly born of a virgin; that the Creator and Lord of all that exists so humbled himself and took on our nature becoming fully human, that we in turn may become more like God.
When the world and all its problems are brought home to us every day in the news, when the miracles of modern technology threaten to become our master, it comes as no surprise that we have begun once again to listen to the hunger of our hearts, to acknowledge the One who is greater than all else, yet at one with us, the Lord Emmanuel.
However we understand angels they invite us to give thanks to our Creator and our Redeemer, to bring forth the fruits of peace, justice and reconciliation.