Wednesday is the feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple. While at the Temple with Joseph and the Child Jesus, Simeon tells Our Lady, "And your own soul, a sword shall pierce."
This gives us the image of Our Lady of Sorrows and of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, pierced by a sword.
Has your heart ever been pierced by a sword? The sword of sadness or disappointment so commonly pierces our souls today. The world has become a crass and vulgar place where persecution of believers is popular entertainment and having deeply held religious beliefs is seen as passe.
Like Mary at the foot of the cross, we undergo much pain and suffering in this life. Let's join our sufferings with hers and ask Christ to give us the strength to endure.
Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!
Hat tip to John Michael Talbot.