Angels Aren't Cute
Picture an angel in your mind. What do you see? An overweight cherub on a cloud? A kid dressed in an angel costume for a Christmas pageant? A blond-haired Barbie doll with wings? A Precious Moments figurine on a mantle?
If we can say one thing about angels in the Bible, it is that they aren’t cute. Despite a whole industry of sweet, angelic tchotchkes. It would be better to say that angels are terrifying. I don’t know what I believe about angels, but I believe in what angels point to. And I love this feast of Saint Michael and all Angels.
Byzantine angel at left