A woman seeing the wisdom and spirit in Jesus blessed the woman that gave birth to Him. This passage becomes the first direct fulfilment of the words of the magnificat in Lk 1:48 “all generation shall call me blessed”.
It is interesting how the gospel recorded this praise of Mary by this unnamed woman, it proclaims that Mary is blessed not only because she conceived and carried the Son of God in her womb, but also because she heard the word of God and kept it, she then becomes the mouth piece of all those who see the greatness of Mary as emanating from her son Jesus Christ. This is why Jesus takes this blessedness higher to mean all those who hear the word of God and keep it and among this group he knows that his mother is the first.
Mary is blessed because she is united to God and lives now with God and in God. Through her ‘fiat’ she became God’s dwelling place and thereby opened the earth to heaven. She is the mother of all those who hear the word of God and keep it. St Anselm says “she so listened to the word of God that it took flesh within her. She is the model of the one who listens, keeps the word and puts it into practice.
by Fr. Cosmas Iyoke