Posted by: livingscripture | October 11, 2014

Twenty-seventh Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 

While Jesus was speaking, 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 my steps

In today’s Gospel, the Lord Jesus shows us the way to true and deep joy and leads us to discern between joy and joy.  Jesus seems distance Himself from the spontaneous enthusiasm of a women from the crowd when she cried out, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed!” He emphasizes instead an important message for us as well.  True joy consists in listening to the Word and observing it, “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe it.”

Jesus does not deny the joy of an earthly mother, which is a very beautiful joy.  However, He indicates a superior spiritual joy that is more sublime.  From the very beginning of his Gospel, Luke took care to present Mary as the Lord’s servant who listened to His word and ‘pondered it in her heart.’  Jesus prepared His mother for the great sacrifice she offered at the foot of the cross in renouncing her physical maternity with the death of her Son and becoming at the same time, the Mother of all of humanity redeemed by her Son.

There may be multiple aspects in every call of the Lord.  What is important is to choose what is truest, most important, and costliest and not that which is humanly speaking, more gratifying.  This is done through mature discernment.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall examine the source of my joy and ask Jesus to help me embrace the joy He speaks of. 

Lord, give me the grace to always choose that is truly essential and truest according to Your will, to have the joy of offering to You in sacrifice all that You want to ask of me in order to make me grow in Your love.

The voice of St. Augustine, Church Father

Full of faith and conceiving Christ first in her heart before in her womb, Mary answered: “I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Your Word.”

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