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Oc­to­ber 14, 2017 (Satur­day) 27th Week in Or­di­nary Time Psalter: Week 2/(Green/Red/ White) St. Cal­lis­tus I, pope & mar­tyr/Memo­rial of Blessed Vir­gin Mary 1st Read­ing: Jl 4:12-21 Ps 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12 Re­joice in the Lord, you just!

Gospel: Lk 11:27-28

As Je­sus was speak­ing, a woman spoke from the crowd and said to him, “Blessed is the one who gave you birth and nursed you!” Je­sus replied, “Truly blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it as well.”

Re­flec­tion:

When my mother was still alive, she told me many times that her friends, class­mates and co-work­ers in the Church praised her be­cause of me be­ing a priest. The late arch­bish- op Le­gaspi many times spoke that blessed are those who have priests or nuns in the fam­ily. In­deed, it is true. When I was or­dained a priest, many greeted my mother. Dur­ing my sil­ver sac­er­do­tal an­niver­sary, more praised her. On her death that blessed­ness was even more man­i­fested when masses were cel­e­brated in our res­i­dence ev­ery­day one af­ter another by bish­ops and priests. Be­cause of her grand­daugh­ter nun, re­li­gious sis­ters flock to our res­i­dence. Dur­ing the funeral, hun­dreds of priests and bish­ops con­cel­e­brated with the arch­bishop. The en­tire city said, truly blessed is the fam­ily that has a priest and a nun.

Mary, the mother of Je­sus is praised and con­sid­ered blessed be­cause of her son, Je­sus. How­ever, for Je­sus, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and ob­serve it.” More than be­ing a bi­o­log­i­cal mother, Mary is blessed among women be­cause she lis­tened to the word of God, pon­dered it and acted on it.

It is said that blood is thicker than wa­ter. For Je­sus, it is not that much. “He who does the will of my Fa­ther, is my mother, my brother, my sis­ter” (Mk. 3:34-35) Blessed­ness can be at­tained by all.

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