After witnessing Jesus’ many miracles of healing and deeds of power, a woman from the crowd overflows with praises of a fellow woman: Jesus’ mother. How happy and blessed Mary is for having such wonderful son in Jesus! However, Jesus downplays blood relations as the source of blessing and affinity with him; rather, of paramount importance is the hearing of God’s word and observing it. This is the mark of those who join his new family composed of his disciples.
In a Catholic family, parents have the duty to bring up the children in the knowledge of God and the practice of Christian virtues. They do this not only by speaking to them about God and Jesus Christ but, above all, by their actual practice, like going to Mass together and doing good to people around, especially the poor and the needy. By the “good fruits” that they and their children bear, they show that they, indeed, are Jesus’ disciples.
FIRST READING • Jl 4:12-21
Thus says the Lord: Let the nations bestir themselves and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; For there will I sit in judgment upon all the neighboring nations.
Apply the sickle, for the harvest is ripe; Come and tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for great is their malice. Crowd upon crowd in the valley of decision; For near is the day of the Lord in the valley of decision. Sun and moon are darkened, and the stars withhold their brightness. The Lord roars from Zion, and from Jerusalem raises his voice; The heavens and the earth quake, but the Lord is a refuge to his people, a stronghold to the children of Israel.
Then shall you know that I, the Lord, am your God, dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain; Jerusalem shall be holy, and strangers shall pass through her no more. And then, on that day, the mountains shall drip new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk; And the channels of Judah shall flow with water: A fountain shall issue from the house of the Lord, to water the Valley of Shittim. Egypt shall be a waste, and Edom a desert waste, because of violence done to the people of Judah, because they shed innocent blood in their land. But Judah shall abide forever, and Jerusalem for all generations. I will avenge their blood, and not leave it unpunished. The Lord dwells in Zion.
GOSPEL • LUKE 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.” SOURCE: “365 Days with the Lord 2021,” ST. PAULS, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 632-895-9701; Fax 632-895-7328; E-mail: [email protected]; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.