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February 2nd, 2014
Damian Olsen
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[524] Mal 3:1-4; Ps 24: 7-10
Heb 2: 14-18
Lk 2: 22-40 or Lk 2: 22-32.

Today’s gospel reading contains a wonderful Marian theme.  Although it is firstly about Jesus and Simeon in the temple, one of Mary’s most powerful moments (in my opinion) takes place in this chapter of Luke.

As Simeon is foretelling Jesus’ future to Mary, he also mentions something about her life. 

“…and you yourself a sword will pierce”

At this moment, Simeon is making known the Sorrowful Heart of Mary.  We know that Mary is never pierced with a literal sword, but here it is revealed that she will experience the sufferings of Christ in her heart. What Jesus endures externally on Calvary, Mary will enter into those afflictions internally. 

How did she feel when Simeon revealed this to her? What was she thinking?
How did she react? How do I react when I am suffering?

Mary is written about so little in the scriptures, but the few times she is mentioned, they are powerful moments worth reflecting on.  She walks along the path that is ahead of her, never loosing sight of Jesus. Today let us examine our sufferings, whether external or internal, and see how we can emulate Our Mother more.

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