Rediscovering the Power of Blessing

It is important to recover the concept of blessing in its most fundamental Judeo-Christian sense, as first a “good word” offered for God’s goodness, and secondarily a recognition of the goodness of an object that comes forth from God and a prayer that God may continue to be manifest in this object. “Blessed are you, Lord, our God, King of the universe, who has brought forth bread from the earth”: to bless is first an act of recognizing God’s presence, God’s good gifts, among the fruits of the earth. This opens a space within our vision for God to continue to come-into-presence, for us and for all creatures.

Kimberly Hope Belcher, “Can a Mother Forget Her Baby?: Flesh, Recognition, and the Eucharist”, in At the Heart of the Liturgy: Conversations with Nathan D. Mitchell’s “Amen Corners,” 1991-2012, Maxwell E. Johnson, Timothy O’Malley, Demetrios S. Yocum, eds. (Collegeville, MN: A Pueblo Book, published by Liturgical Press, 2014), p. 4. ISBN: 978-0-8146-6309-7.