WORD of the DAY
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too. (Luke 2: 33-35)
Mary and Joseph go to the Temple in joy to present God, their Child. They too, even though they are aware of the extraordinary in this baby, must learn all that regards Him little by little.
Every child is newness, carrying in itself a promise, a plan that its parents can only come to know day by day. As he takes the Child in his arms, Simeon intuits the drama of his people that will be deeply lacerated by the living and cutting words of the Redeemer. Mary represents the journey. She must trust and abandon herself through suffering, obscurity, struggle and silent anguish. The story of the Suffering Messiah will be heart rending for everyone, but especially for His Mother. The new light promised for the entire world does not come without paying the price, without provoking risky choices, without being reborn anew from on high.
The feast of the Lord’s presentation, as He is carried in the arms of His parents, can be the occasion of prayer for many babies born who do not have parents and thus are not received into the arms of a loving family; so many unwanted children who are marked by rejection and abandonment, but who have a place in God’s heart. Through them, the thoughts and actions of many hearts are revealed.
What can I do in the face of the many little one who are violated, the victims of injustice, violence, suffering, and war?
Lord, You know our heart. You know what each one suffers in their heart. It is in our littleness that Your Light of Love can shine forth and make us Your response of salvation united to You. We hope in You, Jesus.
The voice of St. John Paul II in Redemptoris Mater
Simeon’s words are like a second annunciation for Mary because they indicate the concrete historical dimension in which the Son will carry out His mission, that is, in rejection and suffering.