While he was saying this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!”
When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation; it asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and see, something greater than Solomon is here! The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here!
“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lamp stand so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light; but if it is not healthy, your body is full of darkness. Therefore consider whether the light in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays.” Luke 11:27-36
We are in Pennsylvania awaiting the birth of our third grandchild and second granddaughter. Sometimes waiting can keep us all from seeing things as they are at present, as we wait and hope for something more. We can miss those things which we are wonderful right in our present moments, we can fuss and bluster over things that will very soon have little or no meaning. And, no matter how we prepare for the events to unfold, they will unfold in God's time and not in our control.
Jesus is overwhelmed by the words of the woman shouted from the crowd. She speaks out loud of her gratitude to God for their presence among them. Meanwhile, his disciples are jockeying for position and trying to control things that they surely cannot. We, like the disciples, try to make things work to our liking and often miss the glory and gifts of every particular day. We are invited by God to stop and listen, to see the gifts before us and rejoice in the light we have right with us now.
Today I ask God to help me take each moment for its blessings, each person for their gifts and be grateful for everything. May we let God's timing be ours as we take time to revel and give thanks for the many blessings of this day.