Taste and see: Blessing, God’s blessing.

A tile from the Court of the Myrtles, Nasrid Palace, Alhambra, Granada - bearing at its centre the Arabic word for 'Blessing'

A tile from the Court of the Myrtles, Nasrid Palace, Alhambra, Granada – bearing at its centre the Arabic word for ‘Blessing’

The Collect, the opening prayer, of Sunday’s Mass offers a rather beautiful account of the action of Christ’s saving of his people, and his people’s call to live out their lives as a saved people.

O God, who in the abasement of your Son
have raised up a fallen world,
fill your faithful with holy joy,
for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin
you bestow eternal gladness.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The abasement? God the Son taking flesh, and uniting himself completely with a creature – and becoming humbler yet, being amongst us as one who serves.

He becomes less, in some sense, so he can raise us up. He descends by his will and in love. We have fallen through sin and, mostly, through lack of love – and yet we have been rescued from slavery to sin.

In our freedom there is eternal gladness, and yet we need to live that gladness, and too often, in the drudgery and challenge of daily life, we lose heart. So we pray for holy joy.

God gives us bliss, but we need his help to let bliss blossom and flourish in us, and us to blossom and flourish in us.

In prayer today

  • count your blessings
  • pray to know better what keeps you from ‘holy joy’.

 

Image (c) Allen Morris, 2014

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