While a sword will pierce your own soul. Luke 2:35
Mary and Joseph went to the temple to fulfill a ritual of the Jewish religion. In the temple, the Holy family met two elderly; Simeon and Anna who were also looking forward to salvation as did everyone. Simeon took the child Jesus in his arms and raised him in an offering gesture and blessed God. By the words of prophecy he spoke to Mary, the mother : Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed – and a sword will pierce even your own soul – to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed (Luke 2:34-35). This probably indicated Mary’s grief upon seeing her son die on the cross. That moment that Jesus hung on the cross became the agonizing fulfillment of words spoken to her three decades earlier. Now, the agony of watching her son dies becomes that sword of grief and suffering that Mary had feared for so many years.
We do not see many of the followers of Jesus while he was carrying his cross to the place of the skull, in Hebrew : Golgatha. Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister Mary, the wife of Cleophas and Mary of Magdala. Salome, the rebuked, mother of James and John was also presented. Standing by the cross of Jesus, these women and others testified their faith in him. They showed their devotion and courage simply just to be there fueled by their love too. It is the grief of the heart : witnessing the death of one’s dear son.
Everyone is born of love.