3. The Prophecy.
It was at that moment that Simeon, filled with the Holy Spirit turned towards Mary and said: Behold, Your Child is destined to bring about the fall of many and the rise of many in Israel; to be a sign which men will refuse to acknowledge. What an impression these words must cause in the heart of Our Lady! She pondered them over trying to comprehend their deep and mysterious meaning, for She was aware that they had been dictated by God Himself. You also must try to understand the full meaning of these words: Jesus, cause of fall and of rise, of ruin and of salvation for many. That is to say, from now henceforth this Child will be the ultimate reason of the salvation, or the condemnation, of mankind. Whoever is saved is saved through Jesus; whoever is lost is lost for going against Jesus.
He is, therefore, salvation and life for those who want it. He calls all, seeks all, invites all. He dies and sheds His blood for all. He founds His Church and enriches it with those sacraments that are fountain springs of life and of salvation for the benefit of all. He is, therefore, the only Savior of the world.
All those souls who have sanctified themselves and reached the glorious possession of Heaven have done so through Jesus. No one could have achieved that by himself. But on the contrary, whoever persists in rejecting the Blood of Jesus will be irreparably lost.
Enter into the heart of Mary and try to imagine what happened within Her while She listened to those words. All of a sudden Our Mother's heart saw all that Jesus was doing and was about to do for the sake of men. She saw Him bleed on the Cross; She saw Him die for us. She also saw a great number of men refusing to avail themselves of the merits and grace of Jesus. She saw them trampling in His Blood. She saw how that Blood would eternally call vengeance against them and weigh heavily on their rebellious heads.
For your part, thank Jesus and ask Him to be not the occasion of your fall but your salvation. try also to feel the pain and sorrow that Our Lady experienced at the sight of those souls who refuse to avail themselves of the Redemption.
[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]