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Day 6 - Mary, co-redemptrix

(December 5)

Introductory Prayer

Lord our God,
in your eternal wisdom
you fill out the passion of Christ
through the suffering that his members endure
in the many trials of this life.

As you gave his mother strength in her agony
to stand by the cross of your Son,
grant that we too may bring loving comfort to others
in their distress of mind or body.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Reading: Lk 2:25-35

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And inspired by the Spirit he came into the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel."

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed."

Consideration

"A just and God-fearing man, called Simeon, appears at this beginning of Mary's ‘journey' of faith. His words, sug­gested by the Holy Spirit (cf. Lk 2:25-27), confirm the truth of the Annunci­ation. For we read that he took up in his arms the Child to whom-in accordance with the angel's command-the name Jesus was given (cf. Lk 2:21). Simeon's words match the meaning of this name, which is Savior: ‘God is salvation.' Turning to the Lord, he says: ‘For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.' At the same time, however, Simeon addresses Mary with the following words: ‘Behold, this Child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against, that thoughts of many hearts may be revealed'; and he adds with direct reference to her: ‘and a sword will pierce through your own soul also.'

"Simeon's words cast new light on the announcement that Mary had heard from the angel: Jesus is the Savior, he is ‘a light for revelation' to mankind. Is not this what was manifested in a way on Christmas night, when the shepherds came to the stable (cf. Lk 2:8-20)? Is not this what was to be manifested even more clearly in the coming of the Magi from the East (Mt 2:1-12)? But at the same time, at the very beginning of his life, the Son of Mary, and his Mother with him, will experience in themselves the truth of those other words of Simeon: ‘a sign that is spoken against.'

"Simeon's words seem like a second Annuncia­tion to Mary, for they tell her of the actual historical situation in which the Son is to accomplish his mission, namely, in misunder­standing and sorrow. While this announcement on the one hand confirms her faith in the accomplishment of the divine promises of salvation, on the other hand it also reveals to her that she will have to live her obedience of faith in suffering, at the side of the suffering Savior, and that her motherhood will be mysterious and sorrowful." 43

The Holy Rosary may be prayed.

Concluding Prayer

Lord God,
you prepared a worthy dwelling place for your
Son by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin;
grant, we pray,
that, as you preserved her from all stain of sin
in your foreknowledge of his death,
so we, by her intercession,
may come to you with pure hearts.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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