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Whose Michael?

Canisius | 11 May, 2006 19:40

In the last number of years, the status of the nation of Israel in God’s plan has become a question surrounded by controversy. Are the Jews still God’s chosen people? Is Judaism still a path to salvation? Should a Jewish convert try to retain his Jewishness, or just allow himself to be absorbed into the larger body of Christians? There is a whole spectrum of issues, some easier and some harder.

Dom Gueranger’s entry for the feast of the Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel (VIII,463ff.) adds a thought into the mix: in Old Testament times, the archangel Michael was assigned as the special protector of the nation of Israel (see for example Daniel 10:29), but the Church seems (e.g., in the confiteor) to claim Michael as the special protector of the Church.

So is Michael now doing double duty, or has his assignment been switched? This is a nice, concrete way to state some of the issues of today.


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