“But Jesus said.
‘Blessed rather are
Hear the word
And obey it!’”
αὐτὸς δὲ εἶπεν Μενοῦν μακάριοι οἱ ἀκούοντες τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ καὶ φυλάσσοντες.
Luke continued with this unique incident. Luke indicated that Jesus responded to this woman who had shouted out from the crowd. He said (αὐτὸς δὲ εἶπεν) that blessed rather (Μενοῦν μακάριοι) are those who hear (οἱ ἀκούοντες) the word of God (τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ) and obey it (καὶ φυλάσσοντες). Thus, the really happy, fortunate, or blessed ones (μακάριοι) are not his mother, but rather those who hear and keep or observe the word of God. Jesus seemed to point out that his true followers were happier or more blessed than his mother. Listening and following the word of God was more important than anything else. Spiritual ties were more important than biological ties. Who do you think are the blessed ones?