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Reflections on the readings for the Feast of SS. Joachim and Anne (July 26, 2019): EX 20:1-17; PS 19:8,9,10,11; MT 13:18-23
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Today is the feast day dedicated to the mother and father of Mary who would one day give birth to the long awaited Messiah of the Jewish nation.
But the grandson of SS. Joachim and Anne would be far more than that – He would be the Redeemer of the world, Prince of peace, and King of the universe. The Blessed Virgin Mary, who was herself conceived without stain of sin, was readied for her extraordinary role in the humble home of this obscure but clearly good and devout couple. Likely, they were the products of a long line of faithful Jewish families who served the Lord with all their hearts. “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery… bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation on the children of those who love Me and keep My commandments” (Exodus 20:2, 6).
We now venerate SS. Joachim and Anne as the patrons of grandparents. Like all grandparents they were tied to their grandchild Jesus by more than bonds of blood. It was the couple’s duty to pass along to their children and grandchildren the faith of their own fathers and mothers and ancestors. That is still true today. The love of God is first shown and taught in the home. It is the responsibility of the family to share its belief in God with every generation, every little girl and boy who comes into the world.
Suggested missionary action: Let us celebrate SS. Joachim and Anne by honoring and thanking the grandparents in our lives. We can also assist grandparents who are raising their grandchildren or otherwise have particular responsibilities for their welfare.