This is a theme that is particularly strong in Epiphany 3, from Genesis to Revelation. Melchizedek blesses Abraham (the divine priest blessing the father of the faithful?) and in Revelation the church is described as the bride of the lamb, who is wonderfully blessed at the marriage supper. In between is another wedding feast, at Cana, where Jesus shows not just his power but also his loving purpose in salvation, bringing a super-abundance of blessing
to everyone who was there. And in the visit of the magi itself, the worship and generosity of the visitors is reflected in the protection that God offers them, blessing them as they travel onwards.
Worship, highlighted by Bishop Mark in his introduction, is the right and wonderful response not just of the magi but of everyone who knows the blessing that God brings us.
And this worship is expressed as we in turn bless other people. Our desire is to bless 1.5 million lives, one life at a time. The last phrase reminds us that we each have a part to play in this. This blessing is shown as we engage with our communities, in transformative loving service, given freely and generously. It will be shown as we put the needs of other people and the created order before our own regarding the environment. We are part of God’s blessing to others, at home and at a distance, now and into the future, when we care for the creation.
You have gifted the Church through the goodness of your Grace to be your hands and do your work, to be your voice and share your words, to bring healing to a fallen world and broken lives make whole. You have gifted your people with the blessings of your Spirit, the power to transform lives
and make all things new. Now may our hearts receive, our mouths proclaim, our hands prepare for service, that the love that we have known might overflow our lives and pour into the hearts of others, that all might receive your Grace, your renewing Spirit and your love.