Greetings and best wishes to all at the beginning of 2020! It is written: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace”(Num 6:24-26).
In Holy Scripture and under the subtitle The Blessing, these verses tell us how Yahweh wanted God’s people to be blessed. As we start this new civil year, let us reflect on this beautiful blessing taught by God Himself.
Be an instrument of Blessing: As Priestly People, we are called to invoke the Lord’s blessings on others. Wishing goodness and desiring wellbeing for others is an antidote and a bridge to fraternity. Humanity, society is in need of kindness, warmth and heavenly graces. Let us start this journey together by offering our best, so hopefully seeds of blessings are planted.
Be a reflection of God: Another important task is to bring God wherever we go and in what we do. Discipleship is rightly shown when we let our actions translate our faith. Pick any good deed and share it with others. Take God to situations and people where his presence no longer exits. Let His Wisdom and Holy Spirit be a light!
Be an instrument of Peace: For us believers, peace is much more than absence of war or violence. Ex-president Reagan said: Peace is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. Let us spread tolerance and respect to enjoy harmony, acceptance and justice.
Peace is a gift from God. Jesus Himself said “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you”. Peace is then also a way of life, a road to brotherhood. We recently took two important decisions to work on peace. One obviously is to grab Mother Mary’s hand. When invited into our hearts, she will certainly lead us to Jesus, her Son, and will always protect us under her mantle. We also prayed for Peace. May our prayer be accompanied by concrete deeds of mercy, understanding and love toward nature, God, and others.
May God grant us heavenly blessings and transform our hearts.
Peace, Fr. Eduardo