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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 29, 2020

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TUESDAY, September 29
Saint Michael and All Angels

Psalm 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.

The word bless has many meanings depending on the subject that is blessing and the object that is being blessed. Its most familiar form means to invoke or confer divine favor upon. This is what we mean when God blesses us or when a person (often clergy) blesses another person or object. We can even bless ourselves when we make the sign of the cross.

Blessing God means expressing a deep sense of gratitude that transforms us, a sacrifice of that thanksgiving to God. There is something beautiful in this blessing being mutual, reciprocal, relational. Our relationship with God becomes one of the ways God blesses us as individuals in a community of faith.

My deepest, truest relationships are those that bless everyone involved, where I can honor the glimpses of God I see in people and offer those bits of God reflected in me.

MOVING FORWARD: Bless is one of the aspects of the Way of Love. How do you practice blessing in your own life?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Nashik (India) and Afikpo, Ilesa, and Ilesa South West (all three in Nigeria)

Ps 103 or 103:19-22 | Genesis 28:10-17 | Revelation 12:7-12 | John 1:47-51

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