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.”
In today's Gospel, we read that a woman called out to praise Jesus, she said: "Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed." That was a tribute to Jesus but also to His mother. When Jesus heard this, He took the opportunity to teach us the true source of greatness. He said: "Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."
Mary as a young virgin listened to God's words through Archangel Gabriel. She chose to say "Yes". She said: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38) From that moment on, the Word became flesh. Mary's "Yes" led to the Incarnation. She listened to Jesus and honoured her "Yes" all the way to the foot of the cross.
What Jesus said points out the true source of Mary's greatness. As Christians, we receive and listen to the word of God. But do we observe it in our daily lives? Let us learn from Mother Mary!