Today's Gospel (Luke 2:22-35) features those famous words of the prophet Simeon to Mary: "And you yourself a sword will pierce."
Sr. Melanie Svoboda, S.N.D. offers these thoughts on that passage in today's Living Faith:
These are sobering words. But in one way they can be said to any new parent - or to anyone who has reached out in love to someone else. Though love is filled with many joys and delights, it also exposes us to pain, grief and anguish. Simply put: If you love, you will hurt. The infant in Mary's arms will grow up to exemplify these words.
Faithful God, help me to persist in loving others despite the hurt it may entail.