Saturday of the 27th Week of the Year

Luke 11:27-28

True Blessedness

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

Did he show a kind of disregard for his mother? Did he even, perhaps, deny her the honor of being his mother? Was he being disrespectful towards her, downplaying her role in his life?

No, not at all! The best of sons would never treat his mother that way, even if she were not the best of mothers. And she was the best of mothers!

In effect, Jesus was saying: it’s true my mother is blest for being my mother. But I would rather that you focus your attention on her being a listener to the Word of God and a keeper of it. Being my mother is the singular privilege of Mary of Nazareth. That is beyond you, beyond any other human being. But hearing the Word of God and keeping it, doing the will of my Father in the circumstance of your day-to-day life – that is within your reach. And in that regard, you should follow my mother. I would rather that you look up to her for that reason.

Indeed, being mother of Jesus cannot be duplicated but being a disciple like Mary should be the object of our striving for as long as we live. (Fr. Dong Alpuerto, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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This short verse is one of the greatest compliments on our Mother Mary. Jesus praised her not because of the grace that she received from God but more importantly because of the interest and the living out in her life. Nothing is more precious and important to our Lord than to acknowledge his living words in our life. Jesus emphasizes the fact that Mary followed Jesus’ words as no other person did. That makes Mary blessed. There is no point, therefore, in gaining special favors from God but simply to listen and practice what Jesus has told us. (Fr. Jojo Caballes, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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The woman in the gospel might have been carried by her emotion that Jesus has to bring her down to reality, that is, doing and obeying the will of God in daily routine is the most important.

Following Him means doing what pleases Him: acknowledging His gifts, serving others, accepting His will and trusting Him. He knows each and everyone, his/her capacities and limitations. He understands the most one can give. What is important is that one does his/her best with a sincere heart.

Serving knows no boundaries. Give a hand to anyone in need despite the differences in faith or color for in the same way does He trait every man. Serving is rewarding, perhaps not on earth as persecution, rejection or other trials may go with it, but surely, in the heavens. (Fr. Jojo Caballes, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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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. We are one family in our hunger for and fulfilment of God’s word in daily life.

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. (Fr. Marlone Ramirez, SVD Bible Diary 2006)

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Our gospel today must surely be the shortest of the whole year. And yet it can elicit strong reactions. Some Marian devotees feel the need to explain that Jesus was not downgrading his mother Mary. On the other hand, some of our fundamentalist brothers/sisters use the passage to suggest that Mary is not all that important.

Both of these reactions are really missing the point. Jesus simply wants to point out to the enthusiastic woman and to us that the most important thing is to hear the word of God and keep it. For us Catholics, Mary qualifies on that score more than anyone else. She is our model on how to accept God’s word in faith.

Would it be wrong if we were to see some humor in this little incident? Perhaps the woman had one or more sons who were not living up to her expectations and so she burst out in praise for the mother of a son like Jesus. I can easily imagine a smile on Jesus’ face as he replied to her. And he may be teaching a lesson here to all parents. Comparisons can be dangerous and it can be harmful to compare our children with those of other parents. There is only one Jesus and Mary and nobody else can be exactly like them. But this is true of all children. They are all unique with their own particular gifts. Obviously it is good to be proud of the achievements of our own children. But there is no need to be envious of anybody else. The most important thing is that all of us are hearers and doers of God’s word and that every gift of God is used in accordance with his will. Then we will be the ones who are truly blessed. (Fr. John O’Mahony, SVD Bible Diary 2007)

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In the gospel today, Jesus is giving more than a commandment that we have to observe. He is saying that if we want to be blessed, we have to observe, keep and do the Word of God. Many of us say we want to be blessed but are we willing to do what it takes to be blessed? We all want to be blessed by God, but we are unwilling to keep His Word. We cannot shun God’s instructions and expect to be blessed. It doesn’t matter how many Masses, recollections and retreats we attend or tapes we listen to or religious programs we watch. If we fail to do the word, the blessings of God won’t come.

How do we do the Word of God?

First, prioritize the Word of God in your life. If you’re not spending time with the Word, it’s not a priority for you. Spiritual food is as important as physical food.

Life is not difficult, but oh, how we complicate things at times! Jesus teaches us the key to our existence in these words: “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” What makes a person happy in this life and in the life to come is precisely the fulfilment of God’s will. One doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure this out. As Catholics, we are called to proclaim the gospel. How many of us have heard and answered that call? What are we doing to make Christ more known and loved?

Second, apply the Word of God. This takes willingness on our part to recognize that there are areas in our lives which need changing. Ask yourself the following questions: Is there sin for me to avoid or confess? Is there a promise to claim or live by? Do I need to change an attitude? Is there a command to obey? Is there an example to follow or avoid? Is there something to pray for praise God about?

We are blessed as we do the Word of God. Let the Word of God communicate to us. Live the Word of God. (Fr. Deva Savariyappan, SVD Bible Diary 2008)

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Next to God’s love is the love of a mother. If there is a person whom I consider a hero in my life, she is no other than my mother. She nursed not only with her breasts but also with her sweat and blood. I remember when we were growing up and facing great financial crisis – my father had no stable job then – it was my mother who was the breadwinner. She employed herself in whatever job possible so we would have something to eat and spend for school. My mother then was so thin. And now, every time I am given the opportunity to go home, I would always thank her for what she did for us. We are what we are now because of her. And my mother would always cry every time she remembers those days.

The woman in our gospel reading today upon witnessing the great works of Jesus thought of the woman behind His success, and gave her appreciation. Perhaps she believed in the truth of the saying that behind the success of a man is the sacrifice of a woman.

But Jesus surprisingly did not second the motion or affirm the statement of the woman. Instead, He grabbed the opportunity to teach the crowd a deeper reality: “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” This is to remind the crowd that there is a deeper way, in fact, the only way of being related to Jesus. It is a relationship that is no longer bound by blood but by spiritual affinity. In the eyes of Jesus, person who sacrifices for others is also one who listens to the words of God and puts them into action. Nothing can surpass the “blessedness” of the person who is living the life of God.

Do you consider yourself truly blessed? Do you try your best to do the will of God in all aspects of your life? (Fr. Gerry E. Paat, SVD Bible Diary 2009)

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A handsome and intelligent boy, who received many rewards in his school, overheard the conversation of his mother and her friend: “Mare, how blest (fortunate) you are to have such a very intelligent and talented son as Johnny!” The mother, obviously so proud of her you son, exhibited a big smile and said, “Thank you very much, Mare!” Then the boy respectfully approached the two, kissed his mom’s cheek saying, “Thanks, mom!” and disappeared.

Had the Blessed Virgin Mary been there in the crowd and heard that woman shouting to Jesus, “Blest is the womb that carried you and the breast that nursed you,” how would she have reacted? I am very sure that Mary must have been proud of her Son, Jesus. but with the response of Jesus: “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it,” what would have been her feelings?

Firstly, however, did Jesus by this remark intend to put down his mother? Certainly, it is difficult to imagine Jesus putting his mother to shame. He was not an insensitive, disrespectful son. How then are we going to understand this short verse? Reading the text alone could really lead one to think of an ungrateful and disrespectful Jesus. so, here we need the help of biblical scholars. Raymond Brown, a famous biblical scholar, et al., in their book, Mary in the New Testament, explained that the word ‘menoun’ (translated in the text as ‘rather’) can also mean ‘yes, but even more.’ So, the text can also be understood in this way: “Yes, but even more blessed are they who hear the word of God and observe it.” In this sense, Mary was doubly blessed: for being the mother of Jesus and, even more than that, for having heard the word of God and kept it (Today’s Living Word).

Like us who feel happy and proud of our earthly mother, Jesus must have been very proud of his mother too. But Jesus was even more proud of her because she, Mary, does “hear the word of God and observe it,” making her the icon of a disciple. May we, then, love Mary as the Mother of our Lord and our mother also, and learn from her to listen to God, pondering his words, keeping them in our hearts and faithfully observing them like she did, until the end of our earthly pilgrimage.

Mary, Mother of God and Model Disciple of Jesus, pray for us! (Fr. Ernesto Salvar SVD Bible Diary 2015)

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October 8, 2016 Saturday

One of the titles given to the Gospel of Luke is: The Gospel of Mary. Luke gives many vivid accounts about Mama Mary. One of which was when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth who greeted her: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk. 1:42).

Mama Mary is truly blessed! What made her so blessed? The totality of her being makes her so blessed. In the story of the annunciation, the angel’s greeting is the first proof: “Hail Mary, full of grace” (Lk. 1:28). Then, the angel adds, “The Lord is with you.” In her being God resides; that makes her filled with grace.  Literally, her body was filled with grace when she carried Jesus in her womb for nine months.

In today’s Gospel, 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” (Lk. 11:27-28).  Aside from the angel, her cousin Elizabeth, this particular woman could not contain her amazement towards Mama Mary that she shouted and uttered those words.

But Jesus’ answer, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it,” might be misinterpreted as a form of disagreement. It was actually an affirmation of the woman’s comment.  Who truly heard the word of God and observed it? It was Mama Mary!

Mama Mary listened intently to Jesus and she did it up to the foot of the cross. She observed the word of God especially when she uttered her at: “Be it done to me according to your word.”  Do we want to be blessed? Let’s imitate Mama Mary. Let’s listen to the word of God and observe it. (Fr. Glenn Paul Gomez, SVD DWC, San Jose. Occ. Mindoro Bible Diary 2016)

rveritas-asia.org/daily-reflection/937-october-8-2016-saturday

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October 13, 2012

St. Theophilus
Saturday of the 27th Week
GREEN

Gal 3:22-29
Ps 105
Lk 11:27-28

Lk 11:27-28
True Blessedness

27While [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.” 28He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

REFLECTION:

Blessed. In contrast to the slander of Jesus’ opponents in the previous passage (Lk 11:15-26), the words of the woman in the Gospel are words of praise. It is part of Middle Eastern culture that to praise the son is also to recognize the parents (see Prv 23:24-25). The achievements of the children are also those of their parents.

Thus, the woman’s words express her acceptance of Jesus and her appreciation of his mother. Jesus does not deny the praises spoken of his mother. But Jesus extends the scope of the praises. Mary is blessed not merely for being the biological mother but for being the mother of faith.

We, too, can be blessed if we do what Mary did: hear the word of God and observe it. She is the perfect disciple, and we have to learn from her. We have to imitate her complete faith in Jesus, her sacrificial love for him, her humility, and her dependence on God’s will.

We should not only be admirers of Jesus. It is action that Jesus expects.
Let us translate the word of God with the works of our hands. We must hear the word of God and observe it, like what Mary did.

ssp.ph/index.php/online-resources/366-days-with-the-lord/2022-october-13-2012

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PARADOX OF LIFE

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers,
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment,
more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry,
stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We’ve added years to life not life to years.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour.
We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.
We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods, and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies,
and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom.

A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight,
or to just hit delete.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe,
because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you,

because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it.
A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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Another truth is, what this priest had said in his homily, that 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. We are one family in our hunger for and fulfilment of God’s word in daily life.

At the end let reflect these words from Fr. John O’Mahony, SVD: “The most important thing is that all of us are hearers and doers of God’s word and that every gift of God is used in accordance with His will. Then we will be the ones who are truly blessed.”

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Mary Is My Master Educator in Virtue

October 10, 2015 (readings)

Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

Father James Swanson, LC

Luke 11:27-28

Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the master of the universe, and yet you wish to listen to me and guide me. You know all things past, present and future, and yet you respect my freedom to choose you. Holy Trinity, you are completely happy and fulfilled on your own, and yet you have generously brought us into existence. You are our fulfillment. Thank you for the gift of yourself. I offer the littleness of myself in return, knowing you are pleased with what I have to give.

Petition:  Lord, help me to imitate Mary.

  1. Mary’s Masterpiece: The woman in this passage has a great insight. She senses the greatness of Jesus. Probably she intuits that he is the Messiah. It is doubtful if she has guessed that he is also God-made-man. But from Jesus’ greatness, she is able to infer the greatness of Mary. It is obvious to her that whoever produced this masterpiece of humanity must have been a masterpiece of humanity herself. And she is right. The humanity of Jesus is Mary’s masterpiece. All of what she is, she imparted to him. While we cannot credit Mary with the perfections of Jesus’ divinity, we would be doing her a grave injustice to think that Jesus’ human virtues and perfections were not positively impacted by her example.
  2. The Immaculate Conception: God desired Jesus to come into this world like every one of us, as an infant, and so Jesus needed a mother. God wanted him to have the finest mother, a perfect mother, and so he gave Mary many gifts, starting with her Immaculate Conception, preserving her from original sin. Who could imagine Jesus – pure and innocent – wrapped in flesh polluted by sin for the first nine months of his existence? Would such an innocent child ever have been able to stop crying while being tended to by a sinner? The Father wanted the best for his Son and gave him the best, even though he had to provide the miracle of the Immaculate Conception in order to do it.
  3. Jesus’ Educator: Being truly human, Jesus had to learn just like any one of us. Because of his divinity, his human capacities were untainted by sin, but it was Mary who taught him how to use them, who honed them in the everyday life of the family until they were perfect – just as any mother would. Mary was the perfect one to bring out all the perfections in Jesus’ human nature. Being immaculately conceived, Mary’s mind was not wounded by sin and so was always able to discover ways of parenting and teaching that were perfectly suited to Jesus’ human nature. To educate doesn’t mean to just give knowledge. In its fullest sense, it means to train in virtue. Mary’s continuous example of virtue – hearing the word of God and observing it – was certainly compelling for Jesus in his educational upbringing.

Conversation with Christ: Dear Jesus, it’s hard for me to understand that, as human, you needed education just like anyone else. Help me to see that you were truly and fully human like me. Moreover, since you have already given me Mary to be my Mother, ask her to educate me too, to form me in all the virtues the way she formed them in you.

Resolution: Do I really think of Mary as my educator in the full sense, in the sense of teaching me virtue? What is the virtue I need the most? I will ask Mary to educate me in it in a special way today.

epriest.com/reflections/view/538

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POR AMOR, MI DIOS – “Rather, blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe it.” – Luke 11:28

St. Therese of Lisieux is one of my favorite saints because my mother often spoke about her. Also called as the “Little Flower,” St Therese said, “Love proves itself by deeds…. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love.” She took every chance to sacrifice, no matter how small it seemed.

When I was growing up, I remember Mom would always say to herself, “Por amor, mi Dios.”

I was too young to understand what those words meant. So when I asked, she told me that, like St. Therese of Lisieux, every thought, word and deed she has is an offering to God.

My mom may not be a well-known saint. But to me, she is the kindest and most loving person who has ever lived. Anyone who has met my mom can attest to this. As her children, we were blessed to have a mother who did not only hear the Word of God but lived it. Marisa Aguas (jojangaguas@yahoo.com)

Reflection: Who is your favorite saint? How can you be like him or her?

Heavenly Father, I know it is difficult to be a saint. Grant me the grace to endure the challenges of life and still be faithful to You through the power of Your Holy Spirit.

kerygmafamily.com/modules/dailyreadings/read.php?date=2015-10-10

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LIVING FAITH – Forrest Gump’s mother was right in some way. She used to remind the young boy Forrest: “Stupid is as stupid does.” One earns a label after repeated patterns of behavior. One gets the title only after proving oneself deserving of it — through consistent action. The ancient Romans knew it their own way:“Verba movent; exempla trahunt.” (Words move people; examples draw them in.)

Faith can be alive or it can be lifeless. No matter what theologians say about it, the bottom line truth is that there is faith that is nominal and faith that is real and actual; faith that is static and faith that is dynamic. There, too, is faith that remains only a matter of theoretical assent, and faith that matters which impinges on the concrete aspects and issues of one’s daily life. St. Paul reminds us that living faith is not a mere certificate to tuck on walls, as a museum artifact or a specimen to pin onto a board, devoid of any influence on real life.

Through faith, we are all children of God in Christ Jesus. And having been baptized into Christ, we have clothed ourselves with Christ. But this is where the rubber hits the road, where the otherwise static title becomes dynamic for appropriate behavior. No more discrimination for one: “There is neither Jew nor Greek.” No more divisions into classes: “Neither slave nor free person.” No more artificial and man-made barriers between human beings.

Faith, if real and genuine, relates to life. Lifeless faith has no bearing on love and compassion. It does not bloom into action or a life of blessedness. Living faith practices what it proclaims. It lives what it believes.

Mrs. Gump was wise in her own way. Labels are validated by consistent patterns of behavior. The Lord Himself said pretty much the same. Blessedness comes not from privilege. “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” Fr. Chito Dimaranan, SDB

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Would you consider your faith a dynamic one? Do you practice what your faith teaches?

Thank You for teaching me, Lord, to live my faith. Help me to put it into action every day. Amen.

kerygmafamily.com/modules/dailyreadings/read.php?date=2016-10-08 (2016.11.01)

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EMOTIONS AND OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD – The Gospel today is very fitting to be read on a Saturday, when the Church honors the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom the woman in the Gospel passage praises. But isn’t the reaction of Jesus a bit harsh, or strange at least? Why did He not affirm first of all that, yes, His mother is indeed blessed, as her cousin Elizabeth also exclaimed when Mary visited her?

It seems that the woman, listening to Jesus’ preaching, witnessing his healing power, was carried away by a moment of emotion. There is nothing wrong with emotions, of course. I will never forget the moment when I met Pope John Paul II at the end of the weekly General Audience on St. Peter’s Square. He came, we shook hands and talked for a while. I really cannot forget that moment and the emotion that gripped me. But Jesus knows only too well that emotions are not enough for faith. So He points out to the woman and to us that, more important than being carried away by emotions, is being obedient to God in one’s daily life.

How often are we emotionally touched by a beautiful liturgical celebration? A wedding, a baptism, a priestly ordination. Once these emotions fade away, once we are back to the reality of daily life, these feelings don’t have any impact on our faith journey.

I have heard from people who attended a retreat how they were touched and filled with enthusiasm, but a week or two later, they were overwhelmed by problems. The beautiful feeling faded. The three Apostles who witnessed the Transfiguration also begged to stay there on the mountain. But Jesus asked them to go down with Him, where new problems were waiting and do what God wants them to do. Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Are you easily carried away by religious emotions, or do you do the will of God in your often stressful daily life?

Lord, thank You for reminding me to do Your will in all situations of life and not only when my emotions are high.

kerygmafamily.com/modules/dailyreadings/read.php?date=2015-10-10

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Friday, October 7, 2016

SATURDAY OF THE 27TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – LUKAS 11:27-28. KINSA MAN ANG LABING BULAHAN KANATONG TANAN? Dihay miingon kang Kristo: “Bulahan ang babaye nga maoy nagsabak ug nagpasuso kanimo.” Apan gitubag kini niya: “Bulahan hinoon sila nga namati sa Pulong sa Dios ug nagtuman niini.” Kining gisulti ni Hesus wala makapaubos sa dignidad sa iyang inahan nga si Santa Maria. Gani, kini naghimo sa Mahal nga Birhen nga mas dalaygon tungod kay siya man ang labing nindot nga modelo sa usa ka tawo nga kanunay maminaw sa mensahe sa Dios ug magpuyo niini sa iyang kinabuhi. Kining ebanghelyo nagpahimangno kanato nga ang pagka-bulahan wala sa estado o sa dungog sa tawo kondili sa iyang pagkamatinud-anon sa Dios. Matod pa, “To know the will of God is the greatest knowledge. To do the will of God is the greatest achievement.” Posted by Abet Uy

abetuy.blogspot.com/2016/10/saturday-of-27th-week-in-ordinary-time.html

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Reflection for Saturday October 8, Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 11:27-28

Reflection: Do you observe and hear the word of God?

Why is there abortion, terrorism, crime, abuse of the environment, egocentric people and so forth? Because we don’t hear and observe the word of God. There are those who listen to God’s words but they don’t live it.

Jesus is not a self-centered God same as with the Blessed Mother they don’t want honor for themselves. Truth be told, honor is the least that they want; let us look at their lives, did they run after honor? They shunned it! They simply listened to the word of God and followed it.

This is actually the cure for the chaotic world that we are in right now: To hear/read the world of God and follow it. We mustn’t not seek personal honor that only deluge our bloated egos.

We have to remember that we only become effective followers of the Lord when we model our lives with the simple and humble lives of the Jesus and Mary. Our modern and technology driven times would always dictate us to chase upon honorific titles.

To love the limelight and be the center of attention but it‘s actually nothing before God. What counts in the heart of God is our readiness to humbly hear His word and live it. Thus, we become blessed in His eyes.

Do you listen to the word of God and do you live it? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

mjdasma.blogspot.com/2016/10/reflection-for-saturday-october-8.html

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October 08, 2016

REFLECTION: At the time of Jesus the pious and well-meaning Jews imagined God acting more or less like an accountant. In a kind of celestial ledger, God entered all your good deeds and acts of obedience to the 613 prescriptions of the Mosaic Law (248 precepts and 365 prohibitions), but also all your sins. Then, when you died, God would draw the line under each column and add up good deeds and sins. If your good deeds outnumbered your sins, you went to Heaven. If your sins outnumbered your good deeds, you went to Hell. It was all a matter of strict justice.

Jesus rejected this way of thinking. God is not a heartless accountant, he protested. God is a Father. The only thing needed to be saved is to believe in the Father’s love and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

The preceding considerations form the background of today’s first reading and of the whole Letter to the Galatians. Paul’s opponents insist that one must obey the Mosaic Law in order to be saved (they preach the accountant God). Paul vigorously opposes them and repeats Christ’s teaching: what saves us is to believe that God is a loving Father, and to love our neighbor.

schoolofthewordonline.com/scriptural-library/daily-gospel/english/item/3667-october-08-2016

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