HAPPY THE WOMB THAT CARRIED YOU, THE BREASTS THAT FED YOU

HAPPY THE WOMB THAT CARRIED YOU, THE BREASTS THAT FED YOU

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

specific conditions.

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