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
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.