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Hearing And Observing The Word of God

While he 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.” (Lk 11:27-28)

While at first it appears that Jesus is putting His mother down, He is actually giving her praise because of her obedience to God’s will. Mary performed her role as the mother of God exceptionally, but her willingness to obey God’s commands was even more praiseworthy. By saying what He did, Jesus reminded the crowd (and all of us) that those who obey the commandments occupy a special place in the kingdom of God. Sometimes it’s not easy to follow the teachings of the Catholic Church, but doing so guarantees that we will remain close to Our Lord.

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