Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple and heard these words:
"This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too." Luke 2:25-35
Their baby - their Savior - would grow into a man whose ways, words, and sacrifice would be rejected and hated by their own people.
Love for Jesus would bring them soul-piercing pain.
When we love Jesus, we also become vulnerable to ridicule, scorn and Satan's attacks, sometimes even soul-piercing pain.
But like Mary and Joseph, we also experience soul-piercing joy.
When we stand firm with Jesus against our godless culture, let's remember:
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven..." Matthew 5:11-12