“BLESSED IS THE WOMB THAT CARRIED YOU” (Lk 11:27–28).
Blessed is the womb that carried you…
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.
Gospel Commentary from the Navarre Bible, Commentary to the Gospel of St. Luke (with permission)
- 27-28 These words proclaim and praise the Blessed Virgin’s basic attitude of soul.
- As the Second Vatican Council explains: “In the course of her Son’s preaching she [Mary] received the words whereby, in extolling a Kingdom beyond the concerns and ties of flesh and blood, he declared blessed those who heard and kept the word of God (cf. Mk 3:35; Lk 11:27-27) as she was faithfully doing (cf. Lk 2:19:51)” (Lumen gentium, 58).
- Therefore, by replying in this way Jesus is not rejecting the warm praise this good lady renders his Mother: he accepts it and goes further, explaining that Mary is blessed particularly because she has been good and faithful in putting the word of God into practice.
- “It was a compliment to his Mother on her fiat, her ‘be it done’ (Lk 1:38). She lived it sincerely, unstintingly, fulfilling its every consequence, but never amid fanfare, rather in the hidden and silent sacrifice of each day” (St. Josemaria, Christ is passing by, 177).
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