As the child’s mother and father stood there wondering at the things that were being said, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary: “You see this child. He is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected – and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

Jesus, our Savior, make us sensitive to the sufferings of others, especially within our own families. May your mother help us to be compassionate, never satisfied with mere pity for those in pain when we can assist them with our actions. Amen.