When Mary and Joseph present the baby Jesus to Simeon, the prophet predicts the inevitable suffering of Mary. We all suffer for our association with Jesus. The mystery, though, is that this suffering leads to eternal life.

Do I have the courage to accept suffering in my life just as Mary did? Can I find a way to make my life more like hers?

Dear Jesus, thank you for the gift of Your mother. She is the first and most faithful disciple. May Your Spirit inspire me to embrace my suffering as she did.