January 1, 2020 – Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
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Reflection by Fr. Mar Masangcay, CSsR
God bless. God bless you.
In our world today of texting, almost everyday we read, hear and say those words: God bless, God bless you. But what does it mean? How do we understand it?
Sometimes we use those words to express what we really refer to mean as “May God bless you”. With this, we imply that it is God who is to give you blessings at the same time we hope that God will grant you the blessings you need or expect from him.
Truly, it is really God who grants us his blessings, but we must not forget that his blessings are given to us but also through us. When Jesus gave his blessings to the people our gospel, he does not only assure them of God’s blessing but preach to them that God’s glory and blessing may be revealed through them. The poor, hungry, weeping, hated, rejected, insulted are fortunate not only they receive but make manifest God’s blessings and graces. Meaning, God grants everyone his blessings by making you, me, us and others not only receivers but also sharer and giver of blessings. In as much as God is the author of our blessings, by our words and actions, we can also agents of God’s blessings to others.
Our readings today are all about blessings. St. Paul describes how blessed we are for thru Jesus we have now come to acknowledge God as Abba, our Father. And in our gospel today, Mary recognizes not only how blessed she is and we are through her child Jesus, but she cherishes all these graces as she “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. And lastly in the first reading, the Lord teaches us how to bless others. Meaning, we should be grateful for we are blessed, and should cherished, savor, and ponder our blessings in our hearts at the same we must learn how to give and share our blessings to others. Blessings are ours to joyfully receive and celebrate, at the same time blessings are ours to share with others. As we begin a new year in our life with the Lord. We must then be a sacrament of God’s, an instrument and sharer of God’s blessings to others by our good words and deeds.
Here, we must also never forget that God’s blessings are not only “yet to come” but are “here and now”. It is not only a promise but a reality. It is His gift to us now, not only the reward that we expect and need from him, for what we receive from Him is more than just what we need and expect from Him. Usually it comes as a surprised Gift which is beyond our expectations. As a text message I received this morning say:
God’s blessings may come as a surprise and how much we receive depends on how much our heart can believe. May you be blessed beyond what you expect.
Another year of Blessing has begun. We greet each other not only with a Happy New Year but a Blessed Year ahead. May God bless me. God bless You. God bless us. Nawa’y pagpalain kayo at tayo ng Panginoong Dios.