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Jesus Meets His Grieving Mother

Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother: “This Child is destined to be the Downfall and the Rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed — and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword — so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare.” —Luke 2:34-35

Jesus, our brother, we are moved by Mary’s love for you. We are amazed by Mary’s love for us. Consider this meeting between mother and son… their tender love for one another, their hearts torn asunder. Jesus and Mary looked at each other, and their looks became as so many arrows to wound those hearts which loved each other so tenderly. The heart of Jesus remains united even in suffering with the heart of Mary. We sometimes suffer for the poor, too. We call on you to help us Jesus, as we serve you in the poor. We look for You in their eyes. We can’t even imagine the pain that was in Mary’s heart or in Yours. Help us to better serve the poor. Thank you, Jesus. I am sorry.

Prayer: Father, Mary’s mission was to give Christ to the world. By my Christ-like life, I show Christ to the world. I show Christ to the poor by my unselfish loving service. I serve Christ in the poor. Help me to do this, O Jesus. My sweet Jesus, by the compassion which You did feel for Your most holy Mother at this meeting, have compassion on me and grant me the grace of a truly devoted love for Her. O Mary, my Queen, overwhelmed with sorrow, intercede for me, that, through the sufferings endured by Your Son, I may obtain a continual and tender remembrance of the Passion of Jesus. My beloved Jesus, I love You above all things. I am truly sorry for having offended You, and I repent with my whole heart. Through the loving heart of Jesus. Amen

Our Father who art in Heaven . . . . . Amen

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