Saturday 12 October 2019
Joel 4:12-21. Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 11-12. Luke 11:27-28.
Let the just rejoice in the Lord – Psalm 96(97):1-2, 5-6, 11-12
‘Blessed is she who bore you’
We’re used to saying that Mary is ‘happy’ or ‘blessed’—because of her special relationship to her Son, because of the privilege of being so near him. And then Jesus tells us that those who hear the word of our Father and keep to it are more blessed, are happier still.
It goes a bit against the grain for us to think this way. Perhaps because we’d rather not have our lives turned upside down the way Mary’s was. From this side, it doesn’t look like a blessing to become an unmarried mother, to have a son embark on a career so hard to understand, to see him executed as a criminal. Only in your presence, Lord, will I recognise the blessedness of it. God of peace, encourage me to savour your Spirit dwelling within me. May I return to your Word and keep it deep within my heart.