Have you ever looked up at the mountains, or gazed at the ocean and marveled at the beauty of God’s Creation? It can be a great comfort to know that the God who created such marvelous beauty sees you as a greater creation than the most beautiful sunset or the highest mountain. All Creation gives glory to God – but what if you’re stuck inside an office or your home and don’t feel that connection with nature?
During a recent Catechetical Corner on Go Ask Your Father™, Msgr. Stuart Swetland focused on the fact that God created heaven and earth, and that there is an invisible aspect of Creation that we can contemplate the beauty of, no matter where we are.
“That invisible part of Creation, the angelic world, is every bit as real as God’s visible Creation,” Msgr. Swetland said. “Actually, you could argue it is more real than God’s visible Creation, because God’s visible Creation is passing away, and will become something new in the re-creation of all things in Christ.”
St. Augustine, whose feast day is today, wrote about this Creation of the invisible, saying:
For when God said, “Let there be light, and there was light,” if we are justified in understanding in this light the creation of the angels, then certainly they were created partakers of the eternal light which is the unchangeable Wisdom of God, by which all things were made, and whom we call the only-begotten Son of God.
Augustine also wrote that “You have made us for yourself, O Lord,” and Msgr. Swetland pointed out that just as everything on earth was created through and for Christ, so also the angels in heaven were created for the glory of God.
“They are His angels,” he said. “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, they belong to Him because they were created through and for Him. For in Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Whether thrones or dominions or principalities or authorities, all things were created through Him and for Him.”
We see in Scripture the role and relationship that angels have with Jesus throughout His time on earth. Msgr. Swetland explained that we can learn much from the angels in terms of what it means to serve Christ as His creation, and how we also play a role in the Lord’s saving plan.
“They, the angels, belong to Him, they belong to Christ. Still more because He has made them messengers of His saving plan. So they have a purpose in God’s Creation. And we see the angels present in the life of Christ in His Incarnation. From the beginning it was an angel, an archangel, that brought the message to Mary. We see the angels present at all different times of the Lord’s life, for example at the Garden of Gethsemane, and all the way up to the Ascension.”
“And so throughout the life of Jesus the angelic world is made reference to. … The angelic world is an important part of God’s creative plan. And like the visible Creation, it is centered on the person of Jesus the Christ, who is our Lord, our Savior.”
Listen to the full Catechetical Corner below: