Amidst the bustling roads of India, where chaos and creativity intertwine, one cannot help but notice the intriguing and sometimes whimsical captions adorning the back of trucks. These words, painted with flair and humor, convey a slice of the nation's spirit. In the heart of India's highways, these captions become more than mere words; they are expressions of a nation's soul. They infuse drama into the daily commute, transforming the ordinary into something extraordinary.
"Sound horn to pass," for example, is a simple directive written at the back of these trucks that beckons fellow travelers to announce their presence with a blaring melody, a symphony of the road.
Carefully chosen and cleverly painted funny memes provoke laughter and comradeship among those who share the roadways. Amid traffic jams and endless journeys, a well-placed joke offers a momentary escape.
But then, there are messages that transcend the ordinary, such as the poignant reminder that caught my attention: "Don't drive faster than your guardian angel can fly." I felt that was a good one. These words resonate with profound truth, a reminder that our journey through life along these winding roads is watched over by invisible protectors.
Nothing’s By Chance
The presence of Guardian Angels is touching proof of divine love and providence. That God does not abandon any of His creatures to what we call “by chance”. By His essence and providence, He is everywhere present; not a sparrow falls to the ground or a hair from our heads without His consent. Today, we celebrate the memorial of Holy Guardian angels, to whom many of us express our devotion and prayers. But today, the million-dollar question is, “Whose Guardian angel am I?”
Whose Guardian Angel Am I?
The first responsibility that God entrusted human beings after creation was to take care of the universe around us, to be a ‘guardian angel the whole of creation.’ The first question that God asked human society through the incident of Cain and Abel was a call to be a Guardian Angel, to be your brother's keeper. Moreover, the only prayer that Jesus prayed for His disciples affirmed the fact that He was a guardian to the people around Him (Jn 17:6-12). Can I be the Guardian angel to the people around us who are in need: the children, the poor, the sick, the aged, the lonely, the desperate, and so on?
The only requisite to be a Guardian Angel is that we must be someone who is looking at the face of the heavenly Father always, as we heard in the gospel today (Mt 18:10). Once we start to live so, the loving God will raise us to be a Guardian Angel.
May our Guardian Angels help us to become guardian angels to many!
To view the Rosary prayer and Mass streaming live, pleasevisit our Facebook pageat 11:30 a.m. Eastern, Monday – Friday. Please invite your loved ones to join us too! (If you are not a member of Facebook and a signup window appears, simply select the X at the top of the pop-up message and continue to the livestream).
About Father Boby John, C.S.C.
Father Boby John, C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 2008, worked as a pastor and as an educator with tribal populations in Northeast India for thirteen years. Originally from Kerala, India, Father Boby grew up with three siblings. He is a dedicated and detailed educationist with experience in educational leadership. He is currently working as an executive assistant at the world headquarters of Holy Cross Family Ministries, North Easton, Massachusetts.