Today's Lectionary Readings
Today's readings highlight Jesus' role as Savior and Redeemer. The three men in the fiery furnace were visited by a messenger, one tradition has that it was Michael the Archangel, to unbind their ropes and protect them from the flames.
In today's gospel, Jesus is not simply messenger, but God and Redeemer. Sent by, yet one with the Father not only to be with us in times of trouble, but to save us from the ultimate fiery furnance and lead us to the heavenly home he has prepared for us.