I was just meditating upon Luke 2:34-35 (Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." - and I'm just trying to figure out what Simeon prophesied about Mary and the "many" when he says, "so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."
At first I thought that perhaps he was saying that Mary will convert many to her Son through her Immaculate Heart (which is depicted with a sword pierced through it). Thus, the hearts of many will be revealed to be become loving hearts of Christ. Round-a-bout, I know, but just a thought.
Then I also thought, maybe, just maybe, the "hearts of many may be revealed" because there are those that ardently believe in Christ Jesus, but vehemently reject veneration or praying to Mary. Y'all know who I'm talking about here. So, is it possible that hearts are revealed to truly love and accept Christ and his Mother as the new Adam and the new Eve, as the New Covenant and the Ark of the New Covenant? What I'm trying to say is, that if you love Mary and hold to the Church's preeminence of Mary, then your heart is revealed as a loving, accepting, obedient, and faithful believer in Christ. Whereas, others who reject and slander Mary and her important role in the economy of salvation, then their hearts are revealed to not be fully accepting.
Just some rumination;l by no means binding, professed, doctrinal thought on my part!
Thanks to all who offer their thoughts!