The same divine and supernatural light that opened the eyes of Simeon to recognize the Christ, takes the blinders off our eyes, opens our ears and changes our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh, so we see the divine and the supernatural light (II Peter 1:19-21).

“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.” (Luke 2:29-32)

Joseph and Mary watched this, listened to the song, and were mesmerized. Simeon then pronounced a benediction upon them, “Blessed are you, Mary and Joseph.” And with the blessing came the warning, “Behold, this child is appointed, from the foundation of the world, for the fall of many in Israel – but also the rising of many for a sign that will be spoken against Him. Yes, Mary, a sword will pierce through your own soul as well, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

We’re told by Luke that Mary pondered these things. She kept them in her heart. Did any doubt or thought go through her mind when she stood at the base of the Cross and watched her son have His side pierced with a sword? Did she feel that viscerally, not symbolically? Perhaps she remembered the venerable old man in the temple saying this was going to happen. Tears are streaming down my face as I picture the scene in my mind’s eye. Because of that event, we now among the living can celebrate each Christmas, “this is the time when the Sun of Righteousness arose with healing in His wings.”