After receiving from us what we offer to him, Jesus blesses our heavenly Father with it. With this gesture, which is also a prayer, he is saying that what we have offered to him is good enough — it is wonderful enough to please the Father and to honor him with it.
In the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fishes (Matthew 14:13-21), Jesus made three gestures that, when put together in a marriage or pre-marital relationship, multiplies the love we already experience with our sweetheart to make it even more fulfilling. (1) He takes a little bread and fish. (2) He blesses them. (3) He gives them to his disciples to share with others.
In this 3-part reflection, we will explore the meaning of each gesture for our relationship with our beloved.
(2) He blesses them.
In our relationship with our sweetheart, we bless God through the way we love each other. And God blesses our relationship. To the extent that we desire to use his gift of love in holy ways, that is how open we are to receiving his blessings.
Furthermore, because every good thing we have — every good thought, every good desire, every good deed — originally came from God, Jesus is saying that we are blessed by the gifts the Father has given to us.
We participate in the miracle power of God by giving to Jesus what we have and letting him do with it whatever he knows is best. As couples, we give him our love for each other and our commitment to live according to his plans for us, and God in turn blesses us with the ability (even a supernatural ability if necessary) to keep the commitment. We give him our frustrations and heartbreaks, too, and although these do not seem like blessings, the hidden value within them is transformed into a stronger, better relationship with our beloved.
- How do I know that God has blessed me through my relationship with my sweetheart?
- In what ways does my beloved bless me through his/her goodness?
Strengthen your relationship:
How has God blessed your life? How has God blessed your relationship with each other? List as many blessings as you can come up with together. Then turn this into a prayer thanking God for each blessing.
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© 2017 by Terry Modica of Good News Ministries