Archangel: (n) an angel of high rank
Gabriel drew the short straw.
God had decided that announcing the birth of the Messiah would have to be prompted by a visitation from an archangel.
It isn’t that the archangels were especially angry about saving mankind–it’s just that trying to tell a fourteen-year-old virgin that she’s pregnant is not exactly the most pleasant task.
Angels are always a little perplexed with humanity anyway. Matter of fact, the only thing an angel and a Homo sapien share in common is free will. And any respectable angel will be quick to tell you that they use their free will much more righteously than earth-bound bipeds.
Gabriel mused. How do you tell a young girl that her life is about to be interrupted in the most inconvenient ways, only to be further dismantled by adventure and mayhem?
It fell Gabriel’s lot.
He spent a few moments alone to make sure he had rid himself of all preconceived ideas and prejudice. He realized that a certain amount of compassion would be necessary to talk to Mary of Nazareth about welcoming a baby which would not be easily explained tor either her betrothed or to her parents, sitting around the dinner table.
In contemplating it, the archangel gained more and more heart and sympathy for the human race:
- They were certainly more tempted than angels, who spent time surrounded by goodness and mercy.
- Humans also possessed an emotional explosion not fully comprehended in the heart of the standard celestial inhabitant.
- And on top of that, Mary was a young girl with dreams which would have to be melted into a divine mission of being the mother of God.
Yes, Gabriel drew the short straw.
The rest of the angels flew away, giggling in delight. But instead of viewing it as a burden, Gabriel took it on as a challenge, which turned into an opportunity.
“Behold, Mary, you are blessed.”
That’s a pretty nice thing to say.
Even though the rest of the message was much more daunting, he felt good about blessing the little lady.
Archangels are the bridge between God and human beings.
Michael, one of the other members of the team, once noted, “We angels have just enough of God to know what we should do, and enough human to sometimes be miserable doing it.”
Maybe that’s true.
But without the archangels, our world would slide into a pit of mediocrity, and nothing of excellence would be achieved.
Time passed (though angels have no watches).
Gabriel sat for a moment, remembering what it was like to speak to Mary. There were many jobs that followed.
He recalled that one of his favorites was whispering into the ear of an artist who was staring at the ceiling, wondering what to do … prompting him to paint God.
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