“(And you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

From yesterday’s gospel reading (Lk 2:22-35), the last recorded words of Simeon to Mary at her presentation of Jesus in the Temple.  I have long wondered about this prophecy and had hoped to find some good extended commentary or a scholarly article on them.  The commentaries I have do not deal with this extensively and I have temporarily lost access to databases that may yield more information.  I did find this (from a simple Google search) that has some helpful commentary and quotes from the Church Fathers.

https://osjusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Presentation5902Czestochowa17XXSacristy.jpg

From a church sacristy in Czestochowa, Poland

If anyone can point me to a scholarly article that dives into Simeon’s prophecy it would be greatly appreciated.

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