Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Tomorrow, Feb. 2, we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. (Lk 2: 22-39) and for those who pray the Liturgy of the Hours, tonight we have prayers for the Vigil of this Feast. Feb. 2 is also called “Candlemas”. See HERE for more details.
This morning, I’d like to focus on the words spoken to Mary in the account written by St. Luke in his Gospel:
…The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about Him; and 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.” (Lk 2: 33 - 35)
The heart is the very “center” of a person, where our deepest being resides. When our hearts are pierced, we are so deeply moved within that it is hard for us to express the pain. I believe our Blessed Mother hearing those words did as she did with all God allowed in her life, she kept them in her heart and continued to ponder them. It was on Calvary, it seems to me, when the Heart of Jesus was pierced with a sword she knew the full meaning of Simeon’s prophecy.
During this 100th Anniversary Year of Our Lady’s Apparitions at Fatima, I hope we are all pondering her words: “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” Mary is in eternal union with the Trinity. Her heart is one with her Son’s Heart; His Victory is hers and His Victory will one day be for all of us to share with her. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. Mother of God and Mother of His Church, pray for us. May our light shine as Jesus told us: “You are the light of the world…” (Mt. 5: 14-15)