Jesus’ father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
Why must Mary’s heart be pierced too? Why not just the Apostles?
Mary’s role in the plan of salvation is obvious. She gave her yes to God in a way that no other creature on earth had given; she gave her unconditional yes to be the Mother of our Savior. She gave her heart to love this child above her love, Joseph, and above all human eyes, dirty looks and whispers. She gave her life to protect her child, escaping to Egypt and living years of hardship for his good. She followed Christ through the best of times and through the worst of times. What else could she do? She set an enduring example of love for all to follow.
Mary's heart was pierced out of love for God. When we accept love, we exclude all other loves. This is why others pierce our heart. And this is why it will always be worthwhile!
I made my first religious profession on September 15th, 1995. I, along with twenty other brothers, had no idea what this profession of poverty, chastity and obedience would mean down the road, but we made a promise to keep our vows. Too often, we want to know it all before we commit to any of it. The angel asked Mary if she would be the Son’s Mother, period. The Lord asked the Apostles if they would follow Him; he gave very few details in what that meant. Of course doubts arise, but faith and courage vanquishes all doubts. To live by the Word means to die by the sword, which is what Scripture calls, “The Word.”
Those who wish to follow the Lord in a very intimate and chosen way will also experience the sword in a very intimate and chosen way. God knows why. We, on the other hand, can only assume. But for those who repeatedly say “Yes” to God and to others, we know it is an undeserved honor. It is an honor to serve our country. It is a greater honor to serve the Lord. It is in his name that we serve Him. Therefore, it is just that we serve Him as he served us: with his passion.
Many enjoy getting piercings today. They pierce their eyes, tongue, ears, nose and belly. It's all for show, for they will not allow the one organ that should be pierced to be pierced. It's not because the sword can't get there! It's because they won't allow others to enter there! Mary's piercing is not for show and tell. It is for love and retelling.