This week has been a simple week of posts. I’m OK with that because simplicity is all we need sometimes. Nothing could be more true than that today. This is one of my children’s favorite Gospel’s in our Church cycle. Two sentences – a quote from a woman blessing Jesus and Mary and Jesus turning that quote into praise of His Father and a mission for all of us…
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.”
Blessed are those who hear the word of God…well, the word is The Word – Jesus Christ. But for us to be truly blessed, we must not just listen to Jesus, but we must observe Him. There is a whole lot to be taken from this seemingly simple statement this morning. Whatever Christ taught us, whatever Christ did, we must do too in order to live a blessed life. We must learn to love our enemies; we must learn to turn our cheek and willing to get struck on the other side; we must love all of God’s people and we must be good stewards of His entire creation. We must admonish the sinner but in doing so we must forgive without any consequences attached to that forgiveness. We must have faith; we must have faith; we must have love – the greatest of which is love. We must be willing to die to ourselves and let God direct our path. We must not be afraid to walk the narrow path and speak out for what is right. We must study the Word of God and enlighten our minds to the Truth, inform our conscience so that what we think, what we say, what we defend is based on the Word of God. Then we will be blessed.
Do something great for our Lord today – hear the Word of God AND observe it.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase; I must decrease.
But you, man of God, pursue righteousness,
devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.