Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it. (Luke 11:28)
A woman, probably enthusiastic about the words of Jesus, couldn’t stop herself from blessing his mother. With different words, this unknown woman repeats the blessing already uttered by Zechariah’s wife, Elizabeth. And unknown to her, she fulfills what Mary herself prophesied: “All generations will call me blessed”.
Jesus, however, puts things in the proper perspective. Mary is not blessed because she is his mother. Rather all are blessed who hear the Word of God and observe it. And Mary is blessed precisely because she not only heard the Word of God, she also kept it throughout her life.
This is one of those cases where anti-Mary “Christians” say that Jesus subsumes Mary under the disciples of Christ. In a sense, that is true since she is the first of the disciples. Thing is, when seen in the totality of all the passages in Scriptures which have a bearing on Mary, such a contention loses its strength. Mary maybe is the first of the disciples, but she is also paradigm of discipleship.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.