4 Jesus meets his mother
Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed – and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Luke 2.34-35
Mary’s heart was a treasury. In her heart she has kept the words of the angel, spoken to her at the beginning “do not be afraid Mary”, and in it she had pondered all the events surrounding the birth of her Son. Her heart carried Jesus as she watched him grow and begin his ministry. Now, in this dark hour her heart knew the courage of a mother, the fidelity of a mother, the faith of a mother as she followed along the Calvary
We acknowledge the courage of Mary’s love and pray that we may have some share of that faithfulness in our discipleship. We pray for mothers who are carrying great burdens today, especially for those caring for their suffering children, or for those struggling to understand a child who seems to be lost to them.
May Mary, the Mother of Mercy, be their strength and companion.