The trial, flogging and crucifixion of Jesus became the most painful episode in the life of His mother, Mary. The prophetic words of Simeon to Mary at Jesus’ dedication would have come alive again, "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 2:34-35). Watching Jesus on the cross, she felt excruciating maternal agony.