Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep… Romans 12.14-15
The blessing we receive from the Eucharist we are called to pass on. The blesing we receive from eyes, and minds, and hearts open to God we are called to pass on. It is not a blessing to be contained either within ourselves or within the walls of our places of worship. Nor is it a blessing just for those we find easy. We are not called only to be a blessing to those we like, or who are like us. The Hebrew and Christian Scriptures repeatedly call the community of faith to be a blessing to others, to love without judgement, to give to all in need. We bless by praying for others, we bless by serving, we bless by our openness to the stranger and the alien, we bless by not just ‘preaching’ the Good News, but by being good news! In the radical economy of the Gospel the calling is to love even the undeserving, those who spurn us, those who disagree with us, and even those who hate us. In being blessed we are called to be a blessing. To be a blessing even when it’s tough, and to bless others even when they curse us. All this is made possible by the healing, loving, gracious, Spirit of God.