By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writer)
This little exchange between Jesus and the
woman in the crowd is really an offshoot of the
previous controversy, which ended by Jesus
pointing out that expulsion of an evil spirit was
not enough: there must be a positive response.
Mary’s response at the annunciation was just
such an immediate positive response, to hear
the word of God and (literally) ‘guard it’.
This is a reminder not only of her acceptance of
the task given her by the messenger of God, but
also of the further response, she ‘treasured all
these things and pondered them in her
heart’ (Luke 2.19); ‘his mother stored up all
these things in her heart’ (2.51).
Her response and her treasuring of the word are
the reason why she is represented by Luke not
as blocked off from Jesus’ company (Mark
3.33-34), but as among the first hearers of his
parabolic teaching (Luke 8.21).
The Gospel of The Lord teaches on many
wombs voluntarily spit out their blessings, how
many breasts refused to bless. For all mothers,
would-have-beens, and those who of no choice
of their own cannot. God help them in their