In Luke 11:27-28, Jesus calls on us to listen to his words. Moreover, he tells us to act on them.
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.”
“Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.”
A simple reading with a simple message: Hear Jesus’ word and act on it. What did Jesus actually say and how can you apply it in your life? Not, what did someone else tell you that Jesus said? What did Jesus say? How can you apply it in your life?
Social media is full of people who will tell you what God said and what you should think about it. Reading them, one wonders if they ever actually read Jesus’ words. The only way to know what Jesus thinks, what Jesus means, “What Would Jesus Do,” is to read what He said. In the Gospels. They can be hard to understand sometimes, but some reflection over time will help, opening yourself to God’s tender, loving inspiration. It’s not a quick process. Patience!
Jesus tells us elsewhere in the Gospels that He is one with the Father. To know Him is to know the Father, and to know the Father is to know Him. When we hear Jesus’ words, we hear the word of God. And blessed are we who hear it and observe it — act on it. We aren’t to be a passive people.