Exodus 23:20-23 / Matthew 18:1-5, 10
Do we know the meaning of the initials BFF? Well it stands for Best Friend Forever. It seems to be more popular with the young as they look among their peers for someone who would be their best friend, and even like forever.
But it is not just the young who have this desire for a someone who would be their best friend.
We too, would want someone to be our best friend, our true friend, someone who will always be there for us. But we may also know how difficult it is to find a friend like that, maybe even impossible.
But a best friend or a true friend is not just a label. It is a promise. Because a best friend is someone who makes your problems their problems, so that you don't have to go through them alone.
We may have different best friends at various stages of our lives, but blessed are those who have the same best friend in all the stages of their lives.
And the good news is that each of us has such a friend. Because God has blessed each of us with a Guardian Angel. It is a promise, as we heard it in the 1st reading, the Lord says this: I myself will send an angel before you to guard you as you go and to bring you to the place that I have prepared.
But we also must acknowledge our Guardian Angels and give them reverence and listen to all that they say, because they echo the voice of God.
And just as an angel was sent to comfort Jesus in His agony in the garden, our Guardian Angels will also sit silently beside us when we are hurting or troubled or in distress.
And when we count our blessings, let us not forget about our Guardian Angel who is the promise of God.
So let us honour our Guardian Angels with this very simple prayer: Angel of God my guardian dear. To whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.