July 26, Sts. Joachim and Anne (Fri)
Lord, you have the words of everlasting life. — John 6:68
Mass Readings: Exodus 20:1-17/Matthew 13:18-23
Even thought we honor the parents of Mary today, we don’t know their names for sure. A second-century text, The Protoevangelium of James, calls them Anna and Joachim. (Incidentally, the Quran also lists their names as Anna and Joachim.) The one thing we do know is that Mary had parents.
Even though she’s the Immaculate Conception, meaning she was born without sin, that doesn’t mean Mary’s conception and birth were miraculous in the same way as the Virgin Birth of Jesus. Anna and Joachim were a normal couple who had a child in the ordinary way. When her parents first saw her, they couldn’t have known Mary was going to become the mother of the Messiah. They just saw their little daughter and rejoiced in God’s gift of new life.
Prayer: Dear Lord, bless all the children in my family and keep them in Your care.
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