We see today that the Word of God is not some nice spiritual hypothesis, but rather something real and practical. The psalm says The angel of the Lord is encamped around those who revere him, to rescue them. Today’s first reading shows us that, 600 years later, this was still true: Prompted by jealousy, they arrested the apostles and had them put in the common gaol. But at night the angel of the Lord opened the prison gates and said as he lead them out, ‘Go and stand in the Temple, and tell the people all about this new Life’. What God had said in the psalm was true, and all saw it.
This doesn’t mean each time we’re in danger we’ll suddenly see a chap with wings. Angels, after all, are spirits, and so are usually unseen. But they were visible then, and still occasionally today, to remind us, who are bodily beings, that we are without ceasing helped by the angels God has sent to safeguard and help us. So let us fear nothing and nobody, but live confidently tasting and seeing that the Lord is good. He is happy who seeks refuge in him.