June 25, 2021

I was shopping at a local grocery store yesterday, and the checker was a young man who has worked there for years. Mr. R.O.B., as he likes to be called, greets everyone with the message, I am blessed! I know it has become a phrase used by many, but Mr. R.O.B radiates when he proclaims God’s blessings.

God works in mysterious and surprising ways. In the first reading, we hear of the blessings God bestows on Abraham in his old age. In this passage from Genesis, God does all the talking, and Abraham listens. Abraham represents to us what it means to love the Lord, to walk by faith, and acknowledge that our love of God is filled with countless blessings, even unexpected ones.

We are assured of this in the responsorial psalm: Blessed are you who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways! Even when we slip and fail in our love for God, we sin, like the leper who comes to Jesus for healing; we too are healed and forgiven.

Father Eymard, in a letter to Ms. Stephanie Gourd, tells her: when divine Providence gifts you, receive with gratitude, fidelity, and meekness. He goes on to tell her to keep her heart in continual thanksgiving as this form of praise to God will aid in responding more spontaneously and graciously to sacrifice, an opportunity to show God your love.

In our delights and joys, our trials and sufferings, let us give thanks and praise to God, for like Abraham and the leper, we walk by faith. Tell everyone how blessed you are!

Closing Prayer

O blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. Indeed thus shall be blest all those who fear the Lord. May the Lord bless you, Zion, all the days of your life! Amen (Psalm 128)


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About Patty Pizzitola

Patty is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at Corpus Christi Parish in Houston TX.