The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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10th Week in Ordinary Time

Date: 
Mon, 06/08/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The concept and notion of blessing
is founded on the belief that there is a source from which good and life and power come.
The source is supernatural.  The source is God.
God can bestow these…goodness, life and power….on human beings.
A blessing adds something beneficial, life-giving, helpful to life, to fortune and destiny.
Once a blessing from God is received by someone, it can be shared, so to speak.
The blessing a person receives has an effect on everyone he/she comes in contact with.
The blessing can also be directly transmitted.
Inheritance was transmitted from a father to a son before the father’s death.
 
Again, God is the one who possesses and dispenses all blessings.
A question can arise:  how come God blesses some and not others?
And why do different people receive different blessings?
This remains part of the mystery of God
but it reflects an understanding that God is not an impersonal force.
He is one who exercises personal will.
He is not a fruit tree where everyone can pick as they choose.
He has his own will and he dispenses blessings according to his own desires.
 
Blessings from God are not magical; they do not endow the possessor with a special ability.
Blessing from God are divine gifts which He bestows with divine freedom.
These blessings manifest themselves as favor and success and multiplication.
One of the very first blessings of God is found in the creation stories
when God says “be fruitful, and multiply.”
The first blessings man and woman receive from God are fruitfulness and dominion.
One of the most cherished blessing man and woman receive is when God says
“I will be with you.”
God then promises continued blessing on those who keep his commandments,
those with clean hands and a pure heart.
 
The greatest blessing that you or I can receive from God
is the gift of life itself.
 
As Jesus preaches to the people, he bestows the promise of blessing from God.
There was within Jewish religious understanding at this time the belief
that a person of good works had claim to God’s blessings.
“If I do this, then you, O God, have to give me that.”
By teaching the beatitudes, Jesus assures his hearers
that some of those who by appearance don’t deserve blessings will receive blessings.
 
The beatitudes depict actions and attitudes that are part and parcel of the Christian life.
They are promises that sustain Christian hope in the midst of tribulation.
 
On the last day, we are told that the blessed of the Father will be separated from the cursed.
And the blessed will be given life in the Kingdom of God. 
Here is my blessing to you:  may you be counted among the blessed.