In this mystery with Mary we consider three long days and nights when the Christ child goes missing. When in life have you lain awake at night worrying about the next day, a difficulty in the family or work? Many parents like Mary and Joseph wait late into the night for a child to return home from a party or night out with friends. Many of us have experienced the separation of a mother and child in a supermarket, the panic and fear. Within moments both are united and filled with joy and thanksgiving. Consider Mary and Joseph searching the crowded city of Jerusalem for the child Jesus. Was it even possible for them to sleep those three nights without fearing the worst for him? Were their minds forever fearing the worst-case scenario? In this mystery let us think of parents and children who are separated for many reasons. Parents whose children have emigrated for our shores for work and new life, families who have separated through marital difficulties, grandparents unable to see and visit their grandchildren because of misunderstandings. Mary and Joseph understand the torment of worry and especially those who stay awake at night because of it. Even at times in our own life we feel that Christ has disappeared from us, we feel we must walk alone and at times are forsaken by him. Whatever your worry is this day or night, you will find Christ, in fact he will find you. Stay steadfast in prayer with Mary and Joseph.
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Mary is told in this mystery that a sword will pierce your own soul so that the secret thoughts of many maybe laid bare. Mary pondered these words of Simeon in her heart. What can this mean, what am I facing in the future? I know the Lord is with me, but what is this sword? This prophesy will be fulfilled at Calvary when the Lord Jesus will say to his Mother, “Woman behold your son,” referring to St. John. Here Mary’s heart will be finally opened. Mary will watch her beloved child die on the cross thus piercing her heart, but she will be given a new-born, St. John who represents us. This mystery of the presentation is overshadowed by the Calvary but the cross too is overshadowed by Easter light. Every day we may face new trails, and in a blink of an eye the shadow of the cross may fall on our happiness. We are asked always to keep in mind the glory of Easter morning. Nothing we have or own is permanent, and as Christians we must always seek the light even when the shadowy clouds block out the sun for a time. The sun is always shining behind the daily clouds. This cloud on Mary’s joy at the presentation will take the form in time of a sword that pierces, but it will strike a fountain on Calvary. A fountain of maternal mercy, love and compassion for her future children.
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