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Eucharist: Bless - The Many Facets Of Blessing

I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4.12, 13

According to the wonder that is Wikipedia “A blessing (also used to refer to bestowing of such) is the infusion of something with holiness, spiritual redemption, or divine will” (Article: here).  Such a definition gives a wide scope as to consider what exactly a blessing is:

In the Eucharist, there are two particular ritual blessings: the blessing of bread to be shared, and the blessing of the congregation, sent out to be the life of Christ to the world.

In the life of faith, we are called to bless the ordinary with the love and grace of God - the everyday people we meet, the world we share, the food we have, the life we live- all comes under and within the divine life.

In the world generally, we are called to discern the blessings we have and to cherish and share them. Celebrating the creative life of the arts; drama, music, the visual arts, words in poetry and story, science, maths, nature.  All these things are ways of apprehending the Divine and being filled with wonder and recognising that ‘the earth is filled with the glory of God’.

In our own life, we are called to a life of gratitude for all of the blessings we have; seeking to be content with what we have, to live lives of simplicity and graciousness.  We are called to seek to live in peace, and grace, to love freely and give generously.  

The highest callling of any person of faith is to be a blessing - to God, to others, and to oneself.