“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.’” (Rev 12: 7-12)

Our Lord Jesus Christ recalled this “war in heaven,” when He said to His disciples, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Lk 10: 18). Christ recalled Satan’s fall in order to reassure His disciples, including all of us, of Satan’s powerlessness before the absolute authority of God. This is why, immediately after mentioning Satan’s fall from heaven, Jesus further says to the disciples: “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Lk 10: 19).

So, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, we don’t live in fear of evil beings, whether visible or invisible. God didn’t create any evil, because God is perfectly good and the Source of Good. But certain good beings chose to turn away from their God-given goodness, because they were free to do so. And in His wisdom, God sometimes allows for them to do their thing here on earth, in order that we might freely choose between good and evil. And today, when New-Calendar people celebrate St. Michael and All the Bodiless Powers, I thank God that we’re given a helping hand in making the good choices, by the countless good angels in our midst. Holy Archangels and Angels, pray to God for us!

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