Why do angels only appear to some people? Are only some worthy of their appearance?

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Q Why do angels only appear to some people? Are only some worthy of their appearance?
- John
 
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In Paul's Letter to the Hebrews (13:1-2), he writes, "Let mutual love  continue. Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels." Dorothy Day, American social activist and founder of the Catholic Worker movement, took that as a personal motto. She said that when she fed the poor, she was "entertaining angels."

The appearances of angels that are recorded in Scripture were what I would call "special-occasion" or "special emissaries." One could think of it as the people being worthy, but it's also that the message was important too. It couldn't be overlooked! It had to be heard.

So, does the one who sees the angel have to be worthy? I suspect that angels appear to people who aren't worthy--but that they are blind to their presence and deaf to their message.

Angels are an extension of God's loving presence and God is with us. Why wouldn't angels be? But sometimes we forget God; sometimes we're oblivious of angels.

 

 

 

- Carol Ann
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