Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it. - Luke 11:28
This awkward translation should be rendered something like “More blessed”. A woman is praising the work of Jesus in typical Middle Eastern fashion by naming the mother who gave Him birth. Jesus seizes the moment to say that obeying God is more important than familial origin. He is not dispraising His mother. She was the first to hear God’s word and so to give us the example of discipleship. Jesus wants us to know how important listening to God is.
Our Lenten journey is summed up in this word for today. Let us contemplate it.