Saturday, October 14, 2006

Blessed are we

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." Luke 11:27-28

Reflection:
You just have to love Jesus for what he said in return to the woman who spoke from the crowd. Little did she know how true her words have become. That Mary's womb which carried Jesus is truly blessed, by the grace of God. But how much more blessed are we then when we hear the word of God and observe it. His words are true!

When we think about it, each time we hear the word of God proclaimed to us and we refuse to heed it's message then we are not being blessed. And how often do we truly act upon the word of God. It's not just that though, we sit and listen but not really, how often do we let our thoughts wander when we hear God's word.

I remember the few times when I too at Mass let my thoughts wander away while listening to God's word being spoken through another. Thankfully it wasn't too many of those times. I found that when the readings began to be read, I turned my mind to it, and then I let the words wash over. But then I would listen to the one who is sent to act in Jesus' place. We are not always graced with an enlightened homily or sermon as some would call it. But out of it somewhere in time it will find a way in its perspective, only if we have truly listened.

As a beautiful person once wrote to me about this, even when we do not get what is being spoken of, the important thing to remember is that we are there for the body and blood of our Lord as well. Where this speaks volumes as much as the word of God, since it is made flesh.

3 comments:

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Dear Marie Cecile,

A poem for you by V.A. McCloud:

Just Pray
by V. A. MCCLOUD
Friday, August 29, 2003

JUST PRAY

I bow my head unto you Lord
I kneel down unto you
I lift my eyes toward the sky
I lift my heart toward heaven
And I pray unto the Father

Act 12:5
The church prayed without ceasing, the chains fell off, prison doors opened and Peter was delivered

1 King 18:41
Elijah prayed for rain, and there was rain

Matthew 9:20
The lady with an issue of blood for 12 years prayed, touched Jesus and was healed

What did the people do?
They prayed unto the Highest God, Jesus Christ

For they prayed
For they prayed
For they knew they could trust in him when they prayed
For they knew there was power in the name of Jesus when they prayed

Father, in Jesus name
I bow my head unto you Lord
I kneel down unto you Lord
I lift my eyes toward the sky
I lift my heart toward heaven
With a pure heart
I pray unto the Father

That you would bless our country
That you would bless the broken hearted
That you would heal the land from sickness and disease
From poverty, destruction and crime

If we would only humble ourselves and pray, he will heal our land

For the fervent prayer of the righteous man availeth much power

For He will hear our prayers

Act 12: 5
The church prayed without ceasing, the chains fell off, prison doors opened and Peter was delivered

1 King 18:41
Elijah prayed for rain, and there was rain

Matthew 9:20
The lady with an issue of blood for 12 years prayed, touched Jesus and was healed

What did the people do?
They prayed unto the Highest God, Jesus Christ

For they prayed
For they prayed
For they knew they could trust in him when they prayed
For they knew there was power in the name of Jesus when they prayed

They prayed unto the Highest God, Jesus Christ

When we pray
He hears us
Trust in Him

He is waiting for us to pray
Just call on his name
Where we will lay our burden down
Where we will cast our cares upon him
Where we can cry out for help
To our Father in Heaven

On our knees, Lord, we pray
With a pure heart

He will hear our prayers

For we know the power of prayer
Releases healing in the land
Releases your love, your grace and mercy

The power of prayer breaks bonds, yokes and strongholds in our lives

The power of prayer releases riches and safety in our land
The power of prayer releases peace in the land

It will change our lives
It will remove pain and hurts
It will remove strife and bitterness
It will remove prejudice

There is power in prayer

If you need deliverance
Healing, Wisdom
Removal of a stony heart, a broken heart
A clean life
Whatever you may need

Just pray, Just pray
He is waiting for us to pray
Just call on his name
Just call on his name

We need prayer in the land
We need prayer in the land
People we need to pray

Father, I yield my heart to you and I pray

Hector said...

For some reason, I don't remember reading this passage before. How powerful! As blessed as our Mother is, so much more are we when we live the Word of God!

Marie Cecile said...

Dear Paul,

Thank you so very much for the beautiful prayer, it reminds me of a song that should be sung from the heart to a very loving God.

Hector,

It realy is powerful isn't it when we live the word of God! It is awesome.