FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
27th Saturday of Ordinary Time
October 12, 2019
WORD of the DAY
While he 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 shall I live this Word?
The new and true knowledge of Jesus is listening to His Word. With His help, this Word must become the flesh of our flesh and life of our life. The passage of faith that must work in each of us is “listening” and “doing”, living the Word. Jesus gives us a model to imitate: Mary – His Mother – in whom, thanks to her listening and pondering, “the Word became flesh” (Jn 1:14). Listening and observing, lived in constant remembrance, will allow the Word to grow to the point of transforming us into Him. Then we will be blessed!.
Your Word, O Lord, is a lamp for my steps, a light on my path. (Psalm 119)
The Voice of Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus, Post Synod Exhortation 10/30/10
Faced with the exclamation of a woman from the crowd, who intends to exalt the womb that brought Him and the breast that suckled Him, Jesus reveals the secret of true joy: “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it”. Jesus shows the true greatness of Mary, thus also opening to each of us the possibility of the blessedness that is born of the Word accepted and put into practice. For this reason, I remind all Christians that our personal and communal relationship with God depends on increasing our familiarity with the divine Word. Finally, I address all men and women, even those who have left the Church, who have left the faith or have never heard the proclamation of salvation. To each one the Lord says: “Here, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to them and eat with them and they with me” (Rev 3:20)
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