This Sunday is always linked with Psalm 91 (90). Here is part of a commentary of St Bernard on that Psalm: ‘Blessed are our brothers who have already been set free from the snare of the hunter, who have crossed over from the tabernacles of the militant to the courts of peace.  Once the fear of evil has been put aside they are singularly lifted up to hope.  To one and all is said, No evil will befall you, no scourge come near your tent. This is a great promise, but what gives me the right to hope for it?  How do I evade both evil and the scourge, how do I fly away, how might I go so far away that they will not draw near to me?  … For he has given his angels charge of you, to keep you in all your ways.  In all ways?  What ways?  … There are many ways and many kinds of ways; indeed, there is great danger for the wayfarer. … But God has not given the angels their commission to preserve us in all possible ways, but in all our own ways.  Yet there are some journeys from which, rather than in which, we need to be protected. Let us search our ways then, brothers … And what are the ways of the holy angels?  Clearly, those which the Only Begotten explained when he said, “You will see the angels ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”  Thus their ways consist in ascent and descent.  They ascend through the influence of the Son of Man; they descend, or more properly they condescend, on our account.  … And so they descend through compassion for you, so that they may preserve you in all your ways.  They ascend to God’s face, they descend at God’s pleasure, for he has given his angels charge over you’.

Let us turn then to the angels, to our own guardian angel in particular, that we may be guarded and protected in all our ways. May God bless you and keep you this day.