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 first reading at yesterday’s Mass, for the feast of Mary, Mother of God, and the Octave Day of Christmas contains such promise and hope and love.
It is customary that yesterday, the 1st January, we should also have made our New Year Resolutions.
- What were yours?
- How do they measure up against the blessings of the Aaronic prayer? Perhaps, in prayer, compare and contrast your own intentions and the intent of the prayer.
- Might you revise your intentions in the light of that reflection?
- Or invoke God’s help?
The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous point a way to a way of restoring our lives with God’s help, even when they have been ravaged by illness and addiction. They repay anyone’s prayerful attention; and have proved lifesavers to many.
Catholics who have already benefitted from AA might also benefit from the Calix fellowship.
The first Creation: detail from window at Southwark’s Anglican Cathedral. (c) 2016, Allen Morris.