Catholic Daily Liturgical Guide 08.10.2022

GALATIANS 3: 22 – 29

Brethren: The Scripture consigned all things to sin, that what was promised to faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. Now before faith came, we were confined under the law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed. So that the law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptised into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

The Word of the Lord.

Psalm 105: 2 – 3, 4 – 5, 6 – 7 (R.) 8a

R/. The Lord remembers his covenant forever.

O sing to him, sing his praise;
tell all his wonderful works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice. R/.

Turn to the Lord and his strength;
constantly seek his face.
Remember the wonders he has done,
his marvels and his words of judgement. R/.

O children of Abraham, his servant,
O descendants of the Jacob he chose,
he, the Lord, is our God;
his judgements are in all the earth. R/.

Luke 11: 28

Blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it.

“Blessed is the womb that bore you! Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God.”
LUKE 11: 27 – 28

At that time: As Jesus was speaking, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

The Gospel of the Lord.
October 8, 2022

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)

Do you hear the Word of God? And if you do hear it, do you observe it? If so, then you can consider yourself among those truly blessed by our Lord.

Interestingly, the woman speaking to Jesus in this passage was honoring His mother by saying she was blessed to have carried and fed Him. But Jesus honors His mother to an even greater degree by stating what He does. He honors her and calls her blessed because she, more than anyone else, hears the Word of God and observes it perfectly.

Hearing and doing are two very different things. Both of them take much commitment in the spiritual life. First of all, hearing the Word of God is not simply an audible hearing or a reading of the Bible. “Hearing” in this case means that God has communicated to our souls. It means we are engaging a Person, Jesus Himself, and we are letting Him communicate to us whatever He desires to communicate.

Though it can be challenging to hear Jesus speak and to internalize what He says, it is even more challenging to then let His Word change us to the point that we live what He has spoken. So often we can have very good intentions but fail to follow through with action by living the Word of God.

Reflect, today, upon both hearing and observing. Start with hearing and reflect upon whether or not you daily allow yourself to be engaged by Jesus. From there, reflect upon whether you are living what you know He has spoken. Recommit yourself to this process and you will find that you, too, are truly blessed!

Eternal Word of God, may I hear You speak to me. May I meet You in my soul and receive Your sacred Word. May I also put that Word into action in my life so as to experience the blessings You have in store for me. Jesus, I trust in You.

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