The Gospel of Luke: a commentary & meditation 
"Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it"

Scripture:  Luke 11:27-28

27 As he said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you  sucked!" 28 But he said, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!"

Meditation: Are you a blessing to your family and neighbors?  When an admirer wished to compliment Jesus by praising his mother, Jesus did not deny the truth of the blessing she pronounced.  Her beatitude (which means "blessedness" or "happiness") recalls Mary's canticle: All generations will call me blessed (Luke 1:48).   Jesus adds to her words by pointing to the source of all true blessedness or happiness -- union with God. Mary 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 pointed out that our true mother and brothers and sisters are those who hear the word of God and do it (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. An early 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.  Jesus changes the order of relationships and shows that true kinship is not just a matter of flesh and blood.  Our adoption as sons and daughters of God transforms all our relationships and requires a new order of loyalty to God and his kingdom. Do you hunger for God and for his word?

 "Lord, my heart is restless until it rests in you.  Let me know the joy of your presence and increase my hunger for your word. May I always prefer your will over my will and seek to please you in all things."

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