4. A Sign of Contradiction.
Finally Simeon adds that the Child is a sign which men will refuse to acknowledge. In front of Jesus there is no middle way. Either we are with Him or we are against Him. This phenomenon can be observed from His very birth. Shepherds and Magi adore Him but Herod seeks His death. His presence dispels indifference. It excites either love or hatred; either devotion or rancor.
The Church with her experience dating back twenty centuries confirms this truth. There have always been faithful disciples who followed Him even to death and there have also been those who with implacable hatred slandered and persecuted Him. How many souls love Jesus; how many miserable creatures live only to insult Him.
Be persuaded that there are no half ways with Jesus. No middle road. Either with Him or against Him. Out then with all those tepidities and compromises! Hold fast to Him. Promise Him love and eternal loyalty. Ask Our Lady that these sentiments may never change, and endeavor to make of your life an endless act of love towards Jesus.
[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]