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Blessed Are They Who Hear The Word Of God And Observe It

Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

My dear encountered couples:

Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” Jesus is not talking about keeping something like in a drawer or closet. That we are to guard the word of God, keep it from getting stolen or tarnished or forgotten. He is not telling us to memorize what he says so that we can recall it when the occasion calls for a religious quotation.

We aren’t to merely feel good about what Jesus says and praise him for it, while we live as if we’ve never heard a word that came from his lips. When it comes to the things that God our Father and Jesus command and teach us, we are expected not only to give him our full attention, we are to be very sure that we do what he says. In other words: When God speaks, we jump!

That way of putting it might not appeal to all of us. But that precisely is what it comes down to. Like a frog in a race that will never win a prize unless it starts jumping, we will never get any nearer to God until we start putting into daily practice what Jesus preaches. And keep practicing it all the way to the finish line.

Blessed is the womb that carried you,” shouted a lady from the crowd, “blessed are the breasts that nursed you.” “Rather,” replied Jesus, “blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

I think we’d better get hoppin’.

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