Thought for the Day by Richard Barton from All Hallows’:
While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!’ But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!’Luke 11:27-28
Was Jesus just rude to his Mum?
When a woman in the crowd praises and blesses Jesus mother, Jesus appears to dismiss his mother. And this is Mary, the Mother of God. Mary of the Magnificat, who in accepting her role of the Mother of God sings out the revolutionary justice of Gods kingdom. One of my favourite passages.
We all have different relationships with our mothers. Some of us never knew out birth mother. Others may not have known our mothers very long. Some had difficult relationships and for some our mother is a very important person in our lives and a profound and positive influence on us. I went to see my Mum last week. She lives on her own now and enjoys life despite some health problems and declining memory. We enjoyed going out and identifying wild flowers, something we both love to do. Of course we will never know the details of Jesus relationship with his mother.
Mary the Mother of God is rightly to be seen as an important source of inspiration and this will vary with different Christian traditions. From the woman in the Christmas story who enabled the coming of God into the world through the birth of Jesus, to the woman who stood at the foot of the cross. Perhaps the person above all others who heard the word of God and obeyed.