“Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Today my thoughts and prayers were drawn to the message that Simeon told Mary in the Gospel, that her heart too would be pierced by a sword.  Mary would be witness to the mockery, brutal scourging and public crucifixion that her only son would endure.  My thoughts go all to all mothers (and fathers) who’s hearts have been pierced in having to bury a child.  I cannot imagine the pain one feels; the loss one must endure to bury that gift from heaven.  Please offer up a prayer for those who’ve endured this loss.

Do something great for our Lord today – let your children know how much you love them.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

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