I often wonder what was deep within Mary’s heart when she heard Simeon’s words, ‘…and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword..’ Things had not been easy for her thus far. Saying that eternal ‘yes’ did not lead to a cushy life. We all know the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus. And now, on this glorious day when Mary brings Jesus to the Temple, the prophet tells her this.
From there the little family returns to Nazareth and the next thing we read (Luke’s Gospel) is the Finding in the Temple. Jesus’ response to his Mother was, ‘Why did you search for me? Did you not know that I had to be in my Father’s House?’ I wonder how Mary felt with that response, perhaps her heart whispered to her, ‘and it begins….’
I know that Mary is the perfect example of obedience, humility, trust and love. She couldn’t have lived through what she did without complete faith in the Father, but she was a Mother. She watched the child that she gave birth to rise and fall (and rise again).
I wonder what her prayer was. In the stillness of the night, when it was only her and God, what did she say? What did she pray for, what did she ask for? What was she feeling?
Mixed emotions…I can’t believe she didn’t have some. But, in the end…her words echoed her Son’s…..’Your will be done’