Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it

Published October 12, 2019, 12:01 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza & Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

reflectionstodayCentral to the ministry of Jesus is the proclamation of God’s Word. Jesus has just disproved that he works with the devil. Now in contrast, a woman affirms him. She exclaims in a loud voice her belief and admiration.

Blessed is Jesus’ mother because she has given birth to a great Son. His mother must be proud of him. She must be reaping praises because of him. But Jesus is more concerned about hearing and keeping the Word of God he preaches. And his mother Mary is a prime example of one who does exactly this.

Since he started his prophetic ministry, Jesus has not failed to spread the Word even to those who are hostile to him. He is willing to engage in debates, if necessary. More and more people have come to listen.

Nowadays, people draw close to God to ask for favors and miracles, especially the healing of loved ones. May we not fail to listen to his Word as proclaimed in the liturgy and interpreted by our ordained ministers.

Bother less your priests and preachers that they may have more time to prepare their homilies. A good homily is not made in a day. It must be thought of and lived out first by the preacher himself.

Gospel • Lk 11:27-28

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.”

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