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.
Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.
The peace of the Lord be with you. The truth is often simple, uncomplicated, and direct. Both the statement from the woman in the crowd and the words of Jesus are examples of such a truth.
The Blessed Virgin Mary was both blessed and a blessing for it was by her consent and by her purity that Jesus entered the world. The words of Jesus are the words of God himself, and when we observe those words — internalize them, make them our own, and live them out — we too are blessed.
May this day be gifted with a simplicity that is unobstructed by worldly concerns and allows us to be vessels that bring the wisdom, healing, and the peace of God to the place where we live.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.