THEME: BLESSED IS THE WOMB THAT BORE YOU
In the Gospel text of today, an admirer overwhelmed by the gracious words that proceeded from Jesus’ mouth affirmed the Blessedness of the womb that bore him and the breast he suckled (cf. Lk 11:27). The response of Jesus if taken literally one can feel that, he is playing down the important role the mother played in his life, and reducing her respect and essential status. But this is not so.
The Greek word for Rather is Menounge . Menounge does not mean No. MENOUNGE means YES , BUT IN ADDITION TO or FURTHER. Hence, Jesus did not deny the truth of the blessing the woman in the crowd pronounced rather he adds to her words by pointing to the source of all true blessedness or happiness – union with God in heart, mind, and will. This is what the Canticle of Mary which can be termed her Beatitude summarizes: All generations will call me blessed (cf. Luke 1:48).
Mary is a perfect example of one who listens to the word of God and keep it. For she humbly submitted herself to the miraculous plan of God for the incarnation of his only begotten Son – the Word of God made flesh in her womb, by declaring: I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word (Luke 1:38). Mary heard the word spoken to her by the angel and she believed it. On another occasion Jesus remarked that whoever does the will of God is a friend of God and a member of his family – his sons and daughters who have been ransomed by the precious blood of Christ. (Luke 8:21). They are truly blessed because they know their God personally and they find joy in hearing and obeying his word.
Our goal in life, the very reason we were created in the first place, is for union with God. We were made for God and our hearts are restless until they rest in him. Lucian of Antioch (240-312), an early Christian theologian and martyr, once said that “a Christian’s only relatives are the saints.” Those who follow Jesus Christ and who seek the will of God enter into a new family, a family of “saints” here on earth and in heaven. Today, Mary’s Blessedness is affirmed by the admirer because of the gracious words and deeds of Christ.
The question is: how often do people listen to us and behold our good deeds , and then admire our parents, families, communities, or better still glorify God? Will they not rather rain curses, insults, embarrassment, frustration and shame upon the wombs that bore us and the breast we suckled? Make a decision today to be sources of joy and not sorrows to God and our parents.
GOOD MORNING AND DO HAVE A BLESSED WEEKEND!