Gospel of Luke 11:27-28 Reflection:
Today’s readings are about joy; Joel speaks of the joy that shall come when the kingdom of God is finally established in Israel. Joel says: “When that day comes the mountains shall run with new wine and the hills flow with milk;” an idyllic image for a desert dwelling people.
The psalm opens with the line: “The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,” and finishes with “Give glory to his holy name.” In between there are more lines shouting with joy to God.
In the gospel a woman declares that ‘happy the womb that bore you and the breasts you sucked,’ to which Jesus replies, ‘still happier those who hear the word of God and keep it.’
Sometimes we need to hear again what the good news is: God is with us, we are safe, we are cared for and looked after.
The bountifulness of God and his desire to create what is good for us is something that is a mystery in itself. God is so overflowing in his creation that there seems to be no end to the variety and in his spiritual world the same principal shall apply. The God we enjoy is infinite for eternity.
We are called to believe in a God who cares for us both now and forever. Paul said simply that we have no idea of how wonderful and generous God is.
Perhaps we should just be like little children and accept it!!