The person who follows the Lord is the one who hears the word of God and keeps it. The woman we hear in the Gospel is delighted at the words that fall from the lips of Jesus and in return blesses the mother of Jesus. In the Gospel, Jesus does not reject the woman’s praise but reinforces his command by calling those “blessed”, who accommodate the word in their heart and lives as Mary did – she treasured these things and pondered them in her heart

In his letter to the community James uses similar language to what Jesus says in the Gospel. He says to not only be hearers of the word but also doers. Anyone can hear the word of God, but is another thing to put into practice. The one who doesn’t practice is like the one who looks in the mirror then walking away forgets what he looks like. We also can have the word reflected to us in many ways but fail to adhere to it. The word is reflected to us though seminars, homilies, bible studies and other means.

Notice the joy of a parent when the child obeys the command given.  The parent is happy that the child is obedient and there is an attitude of trust on the part of the child that what the parent says is right and loving in a particular situation. Or note the satisfaction of the teacher who in imparting values and information to the student has the student understand and comprehend all that has been taught them.  The child obeys the parent; the student listens to his teacher because there is an attitude trust and love. So too, God rejoices in the one who obeys the word of God. Jesus says, “if a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him”. To keep the word of God and obey it is an acknowledgment of our love to the God.

The psalmist states, “your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path”. The Bible is full of instructions that lighten our path, our pilgrimage of life. Some have called it the book of life. This is true since in the bible we can discover certain directives and percepts to life. The psalms are the real prayers of a real people. The prophets help us discover God and his will in our lives. The Gospels give us access to the Son of man and the Son of God. The pastoral letters are practical applications by which we can base our lives. Happy the man who trusts in the Lord and places his life under his word. Let us trust again in the word of the Lord. Let us seek to follow the Lord and adhere to his teachings.

Do I allow myself to be guided by the word of God? Do I pray with the scriptures? How can I apply myself to the word of God in my daily life? What are the means by which I can appreciate the word of God more?

Lord thank you for your word. Let me be accounted as one of your disciples as I live according to your word. May I not only hear the word but keep it. aMEN