The Lord spoke to Moses and said,
‘Say this to Aaron and his sons: “This is how you are to bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.”
This is how they are to call down my name on the sons of Israel, and I will bless them.’
The blessing offered through Aaron to the sons of Israel is one expression of the Original Blessing that God extends to the whole world, and that is extended to each and every person in each and every situation at each and every time.
We are honoured by God’s love and care: for always he is gracious to us, always he offers us peace.
We live in a world where again and again we dishonour ourselves and others; and where we abort peace. And yet the offer, the promise, remains. Our brokeness is not the end something very different is set before us, that we might take it up and live from it.
Today is the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and the Octave Day of Christmas. It is also the the World Day for Peace.
- Pray for peace in all cruelly violent places in the world, and for the people who endure there.
- Pray for peace for yourself and your family and friends.to us.
- Prayer for peace for your enemies.
- Pray for peace and reconciliation for all people.
That God’s will may be done and his gifts rejoiced in.
Detail for Te Deum window at St Leonard’s Bridgnorth. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.