Lord, may I be a blessing to others
Imagine that God’s face is shining upon you and that God is being gracious to you throughout the day – especially when you are having a difficult time.
Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
Num. 6:22-27; Ps. 67(66):2-3,5,6,8;Gal. 4:4-7; Lk. 2:16-21
The blessing of Aaron is one of the most beautiful in the entire bible. What greater blessing and happiness could we possibly have than for God’s face to shine upon us? Our sacred imagination can help us to see and feel what this blessing would be like. Imagine that God’s face is shining upon you and that God is being gracious to you throughout the day – especially when you are having a difficult time. Quietly bless others in a similar way throughout the day. To help us in this, Paul assures us that we are no longer slaves but free. The Spirit of God dwells in us, allowing us to recognize God as our Father – not just in our heads, but in our heart too. If we are free, then we should stop acting like slaves – fearful and submissive. We are children of God.
These many blessings reached their peak in the birth of the savior Jesus. It was joyful news indeed, and the shepherds – regarded as lowly in their society – were honored with the proclamation from the angels. They were the first! Jesus is revealed to hearts that are humble and open. When Jesus was presented in the temple, he was given his name, which means ‘God saves.’ That says everything! As followers of Jesus, we should think and act as if we are truly blessed and saved. That is the best testimony we can ever give to the world.
Lord, may I be a blessing to others.