Prophecies from Simeon illumine the strong link between the lives of Jesus and Mary. Here we see the foreshadowing of “the sword” that would be hers to bear as she accompanies Jesus in his sufferings. Even within the joy of the Christmas Octave, Calvary comes into view.
Simeon’s oracles deepen our understanding of Jesus and his mother Mary. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace” (paragraph 968). In this season of joy, let us remember that we can entrust our hearts’ needs to our powerful mother, Mary, who intercedes whenever threats, trials, or tribulations assail us.
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