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.”
Our Lord must have been so proud about such complimentary remarks in reference to his mother, Mary of Nazareth. Surely, all people would agree that Mary was blessed to bore a son who was and is the Word of God made flesh and dwelt among us. But Jesus told the woman that more blessed are those who hears the Word and live it in their lives.
“I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word”. Mary was the best example of being the perfect woman who willingly said yes to the Word. She was with her by the cross and until his resurrection. Because she surrendered everything to God’s will, she was called blessed of all women throughout generations.
Like Mary, we too are called to live our lives totally surrendering ourselves to the Word of God and according to our Divine Parent’s will. But none of us today can be as perfect as Mary was in her time. We need to be guided by God’s Word through the people speaking to us daily. We just need the wisdom to discern God’s gentle nudge and promptings in the events of our lives and in the company of our friends. But God’s word can be a double edge sword.
There are times when the word makes a person comfortable and some people only wanted to hear what they want to hear and do away with the things they don’t want to hear. But in living the word of God, the Word helps us re-direct our lives and challenge us to be better servants to others. It calls us to constantly make course corrections, some bigger than others. By living the word, we constantly make adjustments and amendments of our mistakes that we may not be driven off course from the righteous path based on the living and active word of God.
If we do not allow the word of God to challenge us to make minor course corrections, we will gradually wander off the path. We can react to God's word in one of two ways. We can be as a cold, hard brick, unyielding. Or we can be as clay in the hands of the master potter, and let him mold us.