Jesus meets his Blessed Mother
Simeon said to Mary, ‘A sword shall pierce your soul, for this child shall be rejected by many in Israel, and this to their undoing.’
In the shadow of violence do mother and son meet, their mingling love and compassion enabling her to share in his redemptive suffering.
Lord, I too have family – father, mother, husband, wife, sister, brother, daughter, son. From me let my family circle know only a similar compassion and understanding – and never violence in either word or deed.