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October 12th, 2013
Haley Warren
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‘“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.”’

Even though it is the shortest of today’s readings, the Gospel is the one that really stands out to me. Jesus’ response to the woman is an example of humility and truth. He recognizes that his origin is not what makes him blessed; instead, he believes that following the word of God is what makes a person truly holy.

In today’s society, many people idolize presidents, famous men and women, saints, sports players, etc. However, I think that a lot of times these men and women are being put on pedestals for the wrong reasons. Instead of focusing on their humanity, people focus on their image. They become icons because of their status in the social hierarchy of society. Sometimes they become famous for something good that they’ve done; but once they are well-known, the general public can easily forget WHY they were idolized in the first place.  

First off, I don’t think that we should put people on pedestals in the first place-nor should we de-humanize them by thinking they’re “better” than anyone else. In doing so, we put a wall up between ourselves and that person by treating them as an “other.” Secondly, it is important for us to reflect on why we think so highly of these people. Is it because they can shoot the best 3-pointer in the country, or is it because they have heard the call of God and are responding to it?

In today’s readings, Jesus teaches us that a person is blessed when they “hear the word of God and observe it.” So I leave you with a question: Who do you consider/treat as blessed? And would Jesus consider them blessed as well?

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