Humor of the Day:
A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
The Prophecy of Simeon, 1st Sorrow of Mary – Luke 2: 22-35
Mary, Joseph and the Child Jesus went to the Temple. Simeon, told Joseph and Mary of the great sufferings of Jesus and Mary & that a sword would pierce her heart. ‘And a sword, too, shall pierce your heart, O Mary!’
Picture Mary and Joseph starting the day happy and thrilled about the happenings of the day. Jesus was going to the temple to be presented to God and to the Jewish people, as a Jewish son of God. Mary, was going to the temple to be purified, as in the Jewish tradition after childbirth, which made the woman ‘unclean’ by Jewish law.
I can picture all getting dressed in their best ‘church clothes’ and proudly walking to the temple. They are met by an old rabbi who was to perform the ceremonies. This rabbi is not the ‘run of the mill’ rabbi, but rather, he had a prophetic vision of Mary and Jesus’ life.
I wonder what Mary and Joseph thought as they left the temple. Were they smiling? Did they think the rabbi was ‘a little off’? Was there concern about what they got themselves into? Was there fear, apprehension, or anger from what Simeon said?
I believe Mary not only accepted what was told her, but she accepted it without any negative feelings whatsoever. Mary always had joy in her heart, and to live and suffer the same as her son, in a strange way, and increased her bond to Jesus. A bond that continued after His and her death, and continues today with both in heaven – body and soul!
Hail Mary, Jesus’ and my mother in heaven, please pray for me a sinner. Please help me to accept the suffering and misery given to me as a sign of my faith and love for you and your beloved son, Jesus. I love you Mary, and I love Jesus. Amen.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #18 :
Moreover they should respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which “bear the imprint of the Most High,” and they should strive to move from the temptation of exploiting creation to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship.