During the Advent season, we have heard the stories of angel appearances heralding incredible news of the birth of a Messiah. These messengers didn’t appear to kings and rulers or courts or the privileged of society. They came to an old and barren couple, a young girl (barely a woman), a simple and humble man betrothed to her, and finally, to lowly shepherds on a hillside. They came to ordinary people. God worked through ordinary people and did extraordinary things. And so it is that God works through us every time we offer messages of hope, peace, joy, and love to an anxious world. We are called to fly in the face of fear–to be angels among us.