patricius79 . . .
I’ve wondered about the meaning of this verse (Luke 2:35) for a long time.
First let’s look at Luke 2:35.
LUKE 2:34-35 34 and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."
We cannot know thoughts of anybody . . . . on our own.
Even Angels etc. cannot read our inner most thoughts.
God CAN TELL them (such as when ALL Heaven rejoicing over the conversion of one sinner).
But our inner most thoughts are between us and God.
CCC 1776 "Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment. . . . For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God. . . . His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths."47
When do we have these innermost thoughts revealed to others?
Fortunately we already know.
Consider at least SOME of the reasons for the General Judgment.
ROMAN CATECHISM Reasons For General Judgment
It is necessary to show why, besides the particular judgment of each individual, a general one should also be passed upon all men.
Those who depart this life sometimes leave behind them children who imitate their conduct, dependents, followers and others who admire and advocate their example , language and actions. Now by all these circumstances the rewards or punishments of the dead must needs be increased, since the good or bad influence of example, **affecting as it does the conduct of many , is to terminate only with the end of the world.
Now consider what happens at the Final Judgment. The secret thoughts of many (actually “many” as in “all”) are laid bare for ALL to see (as well as the actions).
CCC 1039a In the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of each man’s relationship with God will be laid bare.626 The Last Judgment will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life . . . .
Our salvation would not be possible without the work of Christ. Most especially the work of Christ on Calvary.
Our redemption reaches its eschatological conclusion in a sense, at the Final Judgment (when the secret thoughts of many are laid bare and we get our bodies back).
Jesus does this by His nature being True God and True Man.
But here in Luke 2:35, I think God is telling us through the Prophet Simeon, that Jesus is going to unite this work with the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Blessed Mother gets associated with this (by GRACE, NOT by nature).
I think this passage is integrally associated with the co-redemptrix doctrine we have discussed on another thread.
I think there is a secondary meaning too. If you want, PM me and I will be happy to tell you what I think the secondary meaning is. (It concerns our hearts as Christians right now.)