Acts 3:11-26; Psalm 8 O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!; Luke 24:35-48
We hear this all the time in our life, most notably when some one has sneezed and disrupted our daily routine with such commotion. We say instinctually, Bless You. It comes forth from our lips like the air we breathe.
But what does that mean? Why do we say it? What do we mean when we say it:Bless You.
Perhaps we are wishing God to bestow upon them health of mind and body. Maybe we want God to bring them prosperity.
Often times this is what we associate with God's blessing: health, wealth, prosperity, goodness, a lack of trial or tribulation, lack of obstacles.
We should spend some time thinking about what we are saying when we ask God to Bless someone.
St Peter has a thought in mine for us in regard to saying "bless you" as we encounter in today's first reading as we continue to follow the Acts of the Apostles through this Easter Season.
Here are St Peter's words, "God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you by turning each of you from evil ways."
There we have it.
Blessing of God is meant to turn us from our evil ways. In some respect it is meant to spur us on to be the best version of ourselves.
When we say Bless you to another we should think about this reality. Or when some one tells it to us, again we should we should ponder what the grace of God wants from us in life. We must know the end if we are going to fully engage in the process.
God Bless you…may we turn from evil ways, annoying habits, small vices and become the best version of our selves as God design us to be.