The Blessing and Perfume of Christ

Blessings Be Upon Each of You,

It is what I will say again.  May the Lord Bless you and keep you in His stead.

Blessing comes from an old English word which means, that God will find favor with you.  The Blessing sets aside some one as holy. —-Holy being other directed towards God.

In the Bible, blessing and curses are related; the book of Deuteronomy prescribes that obedience to the Law of Moses brings God’s blessing and curses happen when we do not obey the direction of God.  In the Gospel of Luke Jesus list His Beatitudes (Luke 6) which is a series of blessings and curses.

The Beatitudes

20 (Jesus)began to say, “Blessed are [j]you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are [k]you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. 22 Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. 23 Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to [l]treat the prophets. 24 But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full. 25 Woe to you who [m]are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. 26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to [n]treat the false prophets in the same way.

One of the first incidences of blessing in the Bible is in Genesis 12:1-2 where Abram is ordered by the Lord to leave his country and is told:

“I will bless you, I will make your name great.”

“To be blessed” means ‘to be favored by God’. Blessings therefore are directly associated with God and come from God. Therefore to express a blessing, is like bestowing a wish on someone that she will experience the favor of God. “May you have a blessed Christmas“, therefore can also be translated as: “May you experience the favor of God during this Christmas period.”

Blessings also come in other forms too! I’ll share a few because I am still learning them myself. I saw a plumbing truck on the highway and on the sides of the truck below the name of the company it states the following, “God’s Love In Action”.  Would you think that cleaning a drain and replacing an elbow pipe was the Love of God in action? But if we do not think too hard about it, it is.

God has given us a variety of talents to perform making of product and providing a service that benefits others.  God owns everything in the first place including our very lives—The virtue of Justice requires us to give gratitude and the way we give thanksgiving is by being here at Mass and then implement whatever our talents with others.  This service allows God to work through us.  It is really the biggest reason why the dramatic miracles written about in the Bible do not usually take place today in the 21st Century.  That does not mean that God could not implement miracles even in the 21st Century or the 23rd or 24th in the Star Trek universe.  As we become mature in the Faith we know that God does not have to separate the waters for us to walk across or raise my Aunt Irene from the dead so that I will believe.  Belief in God from others comes as we are God’s hands, feet, ears and mouth.  And that is why scandal is doing things that God would not do in the first place.

Mother Theresa’s term about God’s Love in action is that it is the perfume of Christ. How are we the perfume or aroma of Christ where ever we go?  One way is through a smile.  The shortest distance between two people is a smile.

When you go home today, how about that smile even when all hell has broken out, or you had a bad day at work or with the kids.  Take time to bless your spouse, your kids, your work space, your stove top, your computer.  Ask God to work through you and be His eyes and ears and tongue.

Mother Theresa said we cannot decide to become saints without a great effort of renunciation.–Of resisting temptation.—- Of combat, persecution, and of all sorts of sacrifices. It is not possible to love God except at one’s own expense.  What she is saying is how I would translate it.  The sacrifice is our own self interest, our own selfishness of our time, our talents our resources that were God given. The sacrifice Mother Theresa is speaking about is calling upon ourselves on our self interests and put God’s Love in action and allowing God to work through us to do His program and His work.  For us that is a great sacrifice and requires a lot of God’s Grace!

But she goes further.  She had a revelation while being a nun with the sisters of Loreto.  In the revelation from Jesus she states she was to create a new order for the Missionaries of Charity,  as she would often say was not to do social work, but to adore Christ in the littlest and weakest of his children, and to bring Christ the souls for which he thirsts.

People around us thirst.  You, I, friends, relatives people we associate, our children, our teenagers all thirst to be loved to be accepted, to be fulfilled to be satisfied.  We can never be fully satisfied because I believe that when we are born God who made in us a perfect Valentine heart kept a portion of that Valentine heart so that when you look at our hearts through an X- Ray we see a lopsided Valentine heart.   Saint Augustine of Hippo. Said,  “You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you,”

Christ’ thirst for us and we thirst for Christ.  We are to draw the living water of Christ from His well of grace and bless ourselves and others.   We can do much blessing, bestowing God’s  favor on others  as we spread the perfume of Christ wherever we go and whomever we meet.  Let us be God’s perfect grace flowing capillaries.

The Priestly Blessing is set forth at Numbers 6:24-26:

May the Lord bless you, and keep you;

May the Lord make His countenance shine upon you, and be gracious to you;

May the Lord turn His countenance to you and grant you peace.

Gods Love ,

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