Blessings for the year 2011

My dear brothers and sisters, all of us want to be an instrument of God. We want to be participant in the goods of God and the blessings of the Lord in this New Year 2011. During the days of Mosses God spoke to Mosses that a blessing be given to His people through Aaron who was a priest.  So today God sends his blessings through priests, sometimes through our parents or sometimes through people who are specially chosen by God.  

Today as a priest I give you all my blessings the blessings of God. “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord makes His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.”  This little benediction comes to you so that you may enjoy God’s protection throughout the year. First God’s blessing brings you protection. Today you need God’s protection every time. The moment that you leave your house, the moment you step out of your home your feet and your steps need to be protected by the Lord.

Today so many people die due to accidents in cities, in the villages, in the towns, in the work place, when they travel and when they work. Not only that a lot of obstacles come on our way. So we need God’s projection every time we start functioning. Our hands and our feet need to be protected. Our eyes and our ears need to be protected and our entire body and mind needs to be protected. So the blessing of God first of all for you is protection. The protection comes to you in this way, “May the lords face shine upon you” because the Lord is the light. God spoke let there be light and there was light and today we need to walk in that light. God is that light and the source of light. When you walk today you need to walk continuously in the light. Let us not fall down somewhere in the darkness. Sometimes we find lot of problems and persecution in our lives. At the time of persecution, at the time of depression and at the time of serious stress or problems we feel we are in the dark. It is not only the physical darkness or the darkness of the night but also the darkness of the heart and the darkness of the soul.People feel so terribly darkened in their minds.

At times they do not know what to speak, what to do, how to proceed or in which direction to go. In all these things we need Gods light. “May the Lord’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you.”

Second, the graciousness of God comes to us in this way. God’s light, gives us the ability to decide what is right and what is wrong. How to choose the right thing, how to make a decision about the right thing. So many times we face problems weather it is connected with job or choosing a life partner or to help the children or to run the family or maybe to build a new house. You may be looking for a new job, you may want to upgrade your career or maybe you want to do your higher studies. You may sometimes have problems in relating to somebody, how to deal with that person or how to deal with people who are working under you.  Sometimes you don’t know how to deal with your boss. In all these things we need the shining light of God to deal with these situations and to deal with the people.  Ultimately human life is relationships. In all these relationships we need gods light. May the Lord’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you so that you make a proper decision and take the proper direction.

Thirdly God’s countenance be upon you and that he may give you peace because as saint Paul says “God is the source of peace”. In this multimedia world we see so much of complexities. People run and run and yet are not able to be in peace. Amidst of all stress and complexities in our lives we miss the most important property in our heart namely peace a divine peace. Peace is a special quality of God. God is the source of peace.  For this New Year may the peace of the Lord walk with you. You may be able to get many things in the world but you cannot buy anywhere in the market place or in a shopping mall what is called peace. In the new year time people go to the markets go to the shopping malls to buy so many things to give gifts to each other but all these gifts will be no gift if peace is missing in your heart. You may wear a plenty of jewels, you may wear new clothes, you may get a promotion in your job, you may build a new house and so many others let us say. But if that peace is missing all this gifts become practically no use for us. That’s why it is a very important blessing from God for this New Year. May the Lord lift up his countenance look upon you and give you peace today and throughout the New Year 2011. Once again I wish every one of you a happy blessed grace filled New Year. God bless you all.

 By Rev.Fr.V.Ignatius S.J