The Holy Guardian Angels

Reading Zechariah 8:1-8
Gospel Matthew 18:1-5,10

"…their angels in Heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father."

Our Guardian Angels shed light upon the path that we must walk. When our struggles each day seem too great, our guardian angels extend a ray of hope down upon us from God. They allow us to see the face of Our Crucified and Risen Lord, who having shared in our suffering helps us share in His Resurrection, even in the midst of suffering.
Our Guardian Angels guard us from the snares of our enemies. As the Devil tries time and again to convince us that his way—easier and broader than God's—is the way that will bring us happiness, our guardians remind us that the Way of the Cross is the necessary path to the Father.
Our Guardian Angels rule us as we slip from the narrow path. As we fall prey to the temptations of the Devil, our guardians do not abandon us. Sharing in the boundless love of our Savior, they do not fail to stand by us even then. They convince us as they nurse our consciences back to health that the Cross is the only true remedy for our constant falling away from God.
Our Guardian Angels guide us by bidding us to share in the sacraments of the Church. For all their power, our guardians entrust us to the care of Holy Mother Church, since in her care we most truly belong. For the Church is their Mother, too. All the angels are fellow members of the Church, and as the Church's children we imitate the words of Jesus when like little children we recognize and thank those who are our guardians.