Remembering the first sorrow, Simeon set the stage for Mary’s life: “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel and for a sign that shall be contradicted. And your own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35). In response to this, Pope Saint John Paul II writes: “Simeon’s words seem like a ‘Second Annunciation’ to Mary for they tell her of the historical circumstances in which the son is to accomplish his mission, namely in misunderstanding and sorrow. They also reveal that she will have to live her obedience of faith in suffering at the Savior’s side and that her motherhood will be mysterious and sorrowful.”
For those of us practicing our recovery daily, we can apply the concept of Mary’s obedience to our own lives by saying, “Lord, you are my higher power. I accept all circumstances because whatever you want, Lord, whenever and however you desire, I want it too.” We can ask Jesus for an increase in love and acceptance today. We can ask, “Dear Mary, is this what Jesus wants for me today? Then help me to say that it’s what I want too.” Jesus gave us his mother as our spiritual mother. As she consoled Jesus in His greatest pain, she will do the same for us if we ask her. Jesus gave Mary the specific mission to always love us to help save us through her son. As we are reminded by Christ’s words on the cross, may we “Behold [our] mother” (John 19:27).
- Today, what inconveniences, challenges, or pains can you offer for the salvation of others?
- Using the Third Step prayer or in your own words, pledge your obedience to Jesus.
Daily Mass Readings
First Reading: 1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
Gospel: John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35
Reflection by Marcia G.