Luke. 2:34-35,51 NRSV
Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.
We adore you O ‘Christ and we bless you because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
Consider that Christ must see his sorrowful Mother suffer with Him. He can only have compassion for her. He is willing to complete His Father’s plan for him. In this image His Mother places her hand upon His heart. She knows His journey is a heart journey and as the prophecy foretold a sword will pierce her heart also.
May we O’Lord be willing to follow Your plan for us even if our family and friends do not understand. Even at the risk they might be hurt or they might abandon us. Show us how to love You first Lord and then rightly love others. Amen.