Title

A Reflection on the Book of Blessings

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

January 1993

Journal Title

SIDIC

Volume

26

Number

1

Abstract

In the midst of life's ambiguities, the biblical tradition proclaimed the goodness of creation, because of its origin and purpose. In the hymn that opens the Bible, the refrain "God saw that it was good" refutes the dismal views of the world and its creatures that underlie pagan dualism. The "descending blessing" which constitutes the gift of life from God celebrates the mystery whereby creatures reproduce and human beings take the responsibilities of stewardship as partners with the Creator. Life unfolds in the context of time and space, so the divine blessing sets apart the sabbath and consecrated places for people to learn that the fullness of life is communion with the living God.

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