The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”Luke 2:33-35
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Simeon foretold that the Christ Child would be a sign that would be “spoken against” (antilegomenon). Looking into the face of her tiny son, Mary must have wondered, “Who are you?” The question of Jesus’ identity was put to his disciples, the scribes and Pharisees, the people he healed and taught, the high priests, Herod, Pontius Pilate, and the various foreigners whom he encountered. “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15, Mark 8:29, Luke 9:20). The first person who pondered this mystery was Mary, his mother.
“Ima” (pronounced “ee-ma”) is “Mom” in Hebrew/Aramaic.
Who are you, my beloved son,
That men should speak against you
And Ima’s heart be pierced through?
Traditional Chinese Translation