“Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He [Jesus] replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
Some people, and even a few commentators, see this as a putdown of his mother by Jesus. Not so. It is instead heightening the importance of putting God’s will first in our lives. Do we not often do what we want and throw a little holy water on it and think that this is God’s will for us?
Romans 12:1-2 gives us an important clue as to how to know God’s will for us: “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable worship. Do not be conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good, and acceptable, and perfect.”
And the best way to renew our minds and make the needed discernment is to become more and more familiar with the Scriptures, especially the New Testament. If we truly desire to put God’s will into practice in our lives, we must make his word a matter of regular prayer, asking God to guide us and make his will known to us. Then, reading and rereading the Scriptures will give us deeper insight into God’s hopes and desires for us.
The Eucharist that we celebrate joins us with one whose only desire regarding his Father was “not my will, but Thine be done.” That is why he put such importance on it in his life. We have no better model of how to be open to God’s word and his will in our lives.
What does God ask of me today?
Let Us Pray:
O God, I know that you love me and want me to know your will. May I seek it in your word as found in the Scriptures, discover it there, and then do it, for your way is always best.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)
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