Christ is the center of the angelic world. They are his angels. (Cat. of Cath. Church #331) Why? Because God the Father created the angels with and through his eternal Son and for his Son who would become man to defeat the evil principalities and powers and save mankind from eternal damnation.
The life of Christ did not begin naturally by the intercourse between man and woman, but by the message of the angel Gabriel to a virgin of Nazareth who said to her, "Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High....." (Lk 1:31-32) When she said to the angel, Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. (Lk 1:38) she conceived. This was a miraculous conception outside the of power of nature which would help all generation to answer Christ's question to his disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is? (Lk 13:16)
At Christ birth the angel of the Lord appeared to shepherds in the field at night and proclaimed the good news of great joy that the Messiah had been born. And suddenly a great number of angels appeared saying. Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. (Lk 2:14) The angels were the first to proclaim the good news as messengers of the mission of Christ.
Christ is apprehended in the Garden of Gethsemane. One who accompanied Jesus drew his swords and and cut off the ear of the High priest servant. Jesus said to him to put back his sword because those who live by the sword parish by the sword. "Do you think that I cannot call upon my Father and he will not provide me at this moment with more than twelve legions of angels? But then how would the scriptures be fulfilled which say that it must come to pass in this way? (Mt. 26:53-54) Angels were always at the service of Christ, yet he chose to to be captured and die for us.
In one to the temptations of Christ, the Devil takes to the top of the temple telling him "'If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: He will command his angels concerning you and with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone. (Mt 4:6) Here Satan recognizes the role of angels in the life of Christ. Then the Devil took Christ to a high mountain to show him all the kingdoms of the world which he would give to Christ if he bowed down and worship him. Christ refused because God alone is to be worshipped. "Then the devil left him and, behold, angels came and ministered to him." (Mt 4:11)
Man was created to live forever and Christ having a human nature rebelled in facing imminent death. Christ went with disciple to the Garden of Olives and "After withdrawing about a stones throw from them and kneeling, he prayed, saying, 'Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.' And to strengthen him an angel from heaven appeared to him." (Lk 22:41-43) If Christ who had a nature untainted by sin needed to be strengthened by an angel, how much more do we need the help of our guardian angel in overcoming the temptations of life.
Early Sunday morning Mary, Mary the Mother of James, Salome and other women visited Christ's tomb intending to anoint Christ's body with spices.
first to arrive experienced an earthquake"For
an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone,
and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white
as snow." (Mt 28:2-3) Christ
could have rolled back the stone himself but for some reason told the angel
to so. The angel told the women that Jesus had risen and invited them to look
inside. He told them to go and tell his disciples that they would see Jesus
in Galilee, and so they did.
Forty days after his resurrection, Christ ascended into heaven. What did they mean by heaven? The apostles lived in three-storied universe--earth, sky and heaven above the sky. Today we call it space. They understood that Christ the God-man returned to his Father to receive the glory due to him as conqueror of sin and death.
Christ blessed the apostle and was taken up into the clouds. Suddenly, two men dressed in white stood beside them. They said: Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven. (Ac 1:11) The account does not directly tell us they were angels, but the fact that they appeared suddenly dressed in white tells us they were not human. Once again Christ chose his angels to tell us of his return at the end of time.