Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
"The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;"
Simeon foretold of the greatness and the suffering of Christ, but I'm not sure Mary could grasp what he was saying. I think she was probably like I was as a new mom: sleep deprived, hormonal, and lacking in confidence about how to raise this new wonder. It reminds me of the Christmas song, "Mary, did you know?"
One more thing: I had a conference with my preschooler's teachers today. I too was amazed at what they said about him. I didn't know he could cut a circle. I didn't know he could draw a person. It makes me wonder about all the other things I don't know, like what God has planned for him. I think any mother has her heart pierced many times because all children will undergo some hardship. During those times I seek refuge with Mary knowing she too has suffered as a mother. I also try to remember all the moments when my heart is bursting with joy.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for sending Mary to be an example of motherhood to me. Help me to be like her as I raise my children: gentle, kind, full of love, and obedient to your will. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. Mother Mary, pray for me.