“He replied, ‘Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.’” (Lk 11:28)
Jesus’ enthusiastic praise of those who hear God’s word and act on it has at times been seen as a rejection of the human bonds of family and home. Yet Luke/Acts unfailingly presents Mary, the mother of the Lord, as a woman of faith and an obedient servant of God, even before Jesus’ conception, through his birth and infancy, his childhood and maturity, and the inauguration of his ministry. Mary continues to be a believer after his death, and is in the Jerusalem fellowship when the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed at Pentecost.
The inference is clear: if anyone has heard the word of God and observed it faithfully, it is Mary! This is a wonderful truth to contemplate in this month dedicated to her and the holy rosary.
It is a beautiful thing and a great blessing when family members share the bond of faith. Relationships take on added richness. The mother who gives us life is a sister in the Lord, sharing in the promise of eternal life through him. The father who guides the unfolding of our lives abides in the same hope that fills the heart of every believer. And on and on and on.
Thank God today for your family, and for the relationships of faith within it, and elsewhere, that nourish and sustain you spiritually. St. Peter Julian Eymard said: “The Eucharist is the life of the people. . .; it forges between them a common bond, a Christian kinship.”
Let us pray:
God our Father, bless our families and our homes with your presence. Make us hearers and doers of your word. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)