Thirty–Third Sunday of the Year B
Psalm 15:5, 8–11 (R. v.1)
Hebrews 10:11–14, 18
Michael, the Great Prince
“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book” (Dan 12:1). The prophet Daniel reveals the role of Saint Michael the Archangel in the great final conflict of history. Saint Michael is the guardian angel and champion of the Jewish people and of the Church of Christ.
The Apocalypse of Saint John also describes Saint Michael’s glorious defeat of the powers of darkness: “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven” (Ap 12:7). The Church, with Saint Michael as her defender,