Posted by: livingscripture | October 8, 2011

Twenty Seventh Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“A woman from the crowd called out and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.’ He replied, ‘Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it’.”

Luke 11: 27-28

How should we live this Word

A woman expresses her admiration for what Jesus said and went around doing by praising His Mother, the womb that gestated Him for nine months and the breasts that nourished Him in the first years of His life.

‘Blessed!’ is a marvelous word, recognizing a good, and wishing joy to the person. A key moment in Jesus’ teachings was when He proclaimed blessed precisely those whom the world despises or calls unhappy. Blessed means happy. Certainly Jesus’ Mother and ours must have felt an intimate contentment in the period of her pregnancy with Jesus and watching Him feed at Her breast! Jesus does not deny this joy that belonged to Mary alone. However, He goes further and includes us in that ‘Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and live it.’ This is the greatest praise for His Mother who, from the moment of the Annunciation to standing upright at the foot of the Cross, was always listening to God’s Word of whom She was servant and Mother.

Elisabeth will tell her, ‘Blessed are you who believed that the Word of God would be fulfilled’ when Mary goes to visit her and help her. Mary’s beatitude, the one that fills her life, is that of faith. It is the faith that is given to each one of us if we believe in God’s action in our days and if we collaborate with Him by living His teachings.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on Jesus’ words, on Mary’s fidelity and I will ask for the grace to be always actively listening to His Word.

Lord Jesus, Son of Mary and my divine brother, grant me a heart that always listens to Your Gospel and a strong will to live it. Then I too will be blessed and diffuse joy around me.

The voice of St. Augustine, Church Doctor

Mary was happier receiving Christ’s faith in herself than in conceiving Christ’s flesh.

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