As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:27-28)
My oldest daughter’s birthday was yesterday. Thirty-three years ago, I felt so blessed. All new mothers, those who give birth and those who adopt, are blessed. Mary was especially blessed giving birth to Jesus.
Jesus celebrates all babies with every new mom because they’re God’s children. But Jesus weeps for those children who are scattered from him. These men who have accused Jesus of lying are amongst the scattered. He’s frustrated and doesn’t want to accuse them, so he tells stories to help them think about the effects of lying. The enemy’s spirits of pride and deceit had already visited these men (Pharisees), and Jesus was sad and frustrated the enemy would continue his attack. So, Jesus advises them one more time. “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Dearest God, thank you for the blessing of family. Help me and my family seek and stay close to You. When I read and listen to Your Word, let me understand and obey it. Give every child someone who will pass on your love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.