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October 13, 2018

Lk 11:27-28

While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Looking forward

At first glance, today’s Gospel might appear to have Jesus slighting his mother.  In response to a woman acknowledging Jesus’ greatness by calling out blessings to the woman who gave birth to him and raised him, Jesus turns the blessing around.  His reply, “blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it,” seems a bit jarring.

Throughout the Gospels, we see evidence of the profound love Jesus had for his mother.  It is at her request that Jesus performs his first miracle at the wedding at Cana. One of his last acts before dying on the cross was to entrust Mary’s care to the disciple whom he loved.  

Jesus’s response in today’s Gospel should not discount Mary’s role, but rather to focus on the future.  We are not to look to our past to give us glory, but rather on how we live our lives going forward. Do we hear the word of God, take it to heart, and live it out in our daily lives?  

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord, help us to hear your word and take it into our hearts so that we may share your message and your love with those we encounter.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 


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October 13, 2018

Lk 11:27-28

While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Looking forward

At first glance, today’s Gospel might appear to have Jesus slighting his mother.  In response to a woman acknowledging Jesus’ greatness by calling out blessings to the woman who gave birth to him and raised him, Jesus turns the blessing around.  His reply, “blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it,” seems a bit jarring.

Throughout the Gospels, we see evidence of the profound love Jesus had for his mother.  It is at her request that Jesus performs his first miracle at the wedding at Cana. One of his last acts before dying on the cross was to entrust Mary’s care to the disciple whom he loved.  

Jesus’s response in today’s Gospel should not discount Mary’s role, but rather to focus on the future.  We are not to look to our past to give us glory, but rather on how we live our lives going forward. Do we hear the word of God, take it to heart, and live it out in our daily lives?  

—The Jesuit Prayer team

Prayer

Lord, help us to hear your word and take it into our hearts so that we may share your message and your love with those we encounter.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!