Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Celebration of the Christian Mystery 281 applied to man, the word “blessing” means adoration and surren- der to his Creator in thanksgiving. 1079 From the beginning until the end of time the whole of God’s work is a blessing. From the liturgical poem of the first creation to the canticles of the heavenly Jerusalem, the inspired authors proclaim the plan of salvation as one vast divine blessing. 1080 From the very beginning God blessed all living beings, especially man and woman. The covenant with Noah and with all living things renewed this blessing of fruitfulness despite man’s sin which had brought a curse on the ground. But with Abraham, the divine blessing entered into human history which was moving toward death, to redirect it toward life, toward its source. By the faith of “the father of all believers,” who embraced the blessing, the history of salvation is inaugurated. 1081 The divine blessings were made manifest in astonishing and saving events: the birth of Isaac, the escape from Egypt (Pass- over and Exodus), the gift of the promised land, the election of David, the presence of God in the Temple, the purifying exile, and return of a “small remnant.” The Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms, interwoven in the liturgy of the Chosen People, recall these divine blessings and at the same time respond to them with bless- ings of praise and thanksgiving. 1082 In the Church’s liturgy the divine blessing is fully revealed and communicated. The Father is acknowledged and adored as the source and the end of all the blessings of creation and salvation. In his Word who became incarnate, died, and rose for us, he fills us with his blessings. Through his Word, he pours into our hearts the Gift that contains all gifts, the Holy Spirit. 1083 The dual dimension of the Christian liturgy as a response of faith and love to the spiritual blessings the Father bestows on us is thus evident. On the one hand, theChurch, unitedwithher Lord and “in the Holy Spirit,” 5 blesses the Father “for his inexpressible gift” 6 in her adoration, praise, and thanksgiving. On the other hand, until the con- summation of God’s plan, the Church never ceases to present to the Father the offeringof his owngifts and tobeghimto send theHolySpirit upon that offering, upon herself, upon the faithful, and upon thewhole world, so that through communion in the death and resurrection of Christ the Priest, and by the power of the Spirit, these divine blessings will bring forth the fruits of life “to the praise of his glorious grace.” 7 5 Lk 10:21. 6 2 Cor 9:15. 7 Eph 1:6. 2627 1360