Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God…

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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.”

With a little thought to it this is an odd quote, on the surface it seems so contrary to Jesus. “Blessed is the womb that carried you” is of course Mary. It seems as if it should have been greeted with a compliment, but instead gets a snide comment. The question is why? After a little thought though, I think I get it.”Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it” is also a description of Mary. It was through her hearing the word of God and her obedience to that word that allowed Elizabeth to proclaim “Blessed are thou amongst woman and blessed is the fruit of thy womb”The woman from the crowd could not be the womb that carried Jesus, that role was already filled through Mary. The woman in the crowd could however do as Mary did and “hear the word of God and observe it.”In fulfilling that role, she too could be blessed, just as Mary..

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