The martyrdom of the Virgin Mary, implicit in Simeon’s prophecy [Luke 2:33-35], is put before us in the story of our Lord’s passion. That venerable old man, Simeon, said of the infant Jesus: “This child is set for a sign that will be contradicted”; and to Mary: “A sword will pierce your soul”.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, when Jesus, Your Son, was raised up on the cross, it was Your will that Mary, His mother, should stand there and suffer with Him in her heart. Grant that, in union with her, the Church may share in the passion of Christ, and so be brought to the glory of His resurrection. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 15 September 2017
A Christian Pilgrim