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September 15th: Our Lady of Sorrows

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Gospel text (Lk 2,33-35): Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, «See him; He will be for the rise or fall of the multitudes of Israel. He shall stand as a sign of contradiction, while a sword will pierce your own soul. Then the secret thoughts of many may be brought to light». The father of Jesus and his mother wondered at what was said about the child. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, «See him; He will be for the rise or fall of the multitudes of Israel. He shall stand as a sign of contradiction, while a sword will pierce your own soul. Then the secret thoughts of many may be brought to light».

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today Jesus is 40 days old. Mary and Joseph take him to the Temple to present him to God, as required by the Law. Yesterday (the 14th) Jesus told Nicodemus that the Son of Man had to be "lifted up”. Today, St. Mary will learn something more about this "ascent": it will be a path of pain, which will also reach her ("a sword will pierce your own soul").

- What are the feelings of your heart? Can Mary count on you?

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