January 1, 2015 - The Holy Family, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
In the first reading today from the Book of Numbers the Lord God tells Moses how to bless the people.
The Hebrew word for bless in an abstract word that cannot be sensed. The original meaning is “to kneel down.”
The extended meaning of this word bless is to do or give something of value to another.
The Lord God blesses us by providing for our needs. We, in turn, bless God by giving of ourselves to do something for another.
As we begin a New Year, we come here to this holy place to receive God’s blessing. And the Lord God calls upon us to go out into the world and be that blessing to others.
I could give you a list of ways you could bless others, but that would be my list. I challenge you to go make your own list of ways you could bless others.
Making a list of small simple ways we could be a blessing is an easy thing to do. It would be a list of things that brighten or cheer up those who are sad, a list of things to inspire.
A list of things to comfort, to show care and concern, gratitude, kindness, patience, generosity, love, forgiveness, compassion, tenderness.
It isn’t all that difficult to make a difference in the lives of others.
The Book of Proverbs says, the one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.
We should make an effort to be a blessing to others in this New Year.
So, as we cherish in our hearts the miracle of Christmas, the Word made flesh, our God come to dwell with us, we recognize that God does indeed bless us.
We receive the blessing and accept the challenge to be a blessing to others, to be bearers of joy and encouragement, to be positive, charitable, loving and kind.
The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!