Jesus is not disrespecting his mother in today’s gospel. Of course he loved and respected her. Instead, Jesus wants to make sure that all of us understand that in order to come close to the Father we must have a burning desire to follow his Son, the Word of God.
While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
“Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed.”
He replied, “Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.”
Love the Blessed Mother. Worship her son.