SOOTHSAYER: Beware the ides of March.
CAESAR: He is a dreamer. Let us leave him. Pass!
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.”
He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” Luke 11:27-28
Even though the prophetess speaks the truth, Jesus clarifies her word by refocusing His followers to what is truly important, viz., “viz. hearing and obeying God’s word.
Catholic’s give honor to Mary. Afterall, she is the mother of God. In John 2, she tells future disciples of Jesus, “Whatever He tells you to do, do it.”
In Acts 2, Mary was one of the first to speak in tongues. Immediately following, Peter the Roch of the Church preached and prophesied. The first sermon of the Church refocuses the audience’s attention not to the strange phenomenon of tongues, but to Scripture.
Whether you are Catholic, Pentecostal or a plain vanilla Protestant, it’s always a good thing to “hear and obey” God’s word.
What do you do first thing in the morning?
If you are Karl Barth, you pick up the Bible and the morning news. If you are Pope Francis, you hear the word at Mass. If you are Benny Hinn, your praise God in unknown languages as you read Scripture.
Why can’t you do all three?