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Monday, July 26, 2010

Feast of St. Joachim and Anne

Today we celebrate the parents of Mary, and the grandparents of Jesus. One wonders how excited they were to have a grandson and what stories they told him. I am sure that Jesus was a loving grandson and gave them much joy after they accepted the fact that Mary was to have a baby before she was living with Joseph. Anyway, we really no almost nothing about these two saints. Devotion to St. Anne existed in the 6th century and Joachim from earliest days, but in the West only since the 16th century. Both names were in the Roman liturgical calendar by 1584. I guess they would be good patron saints for grandparents.

Today"s liturgy has the parable of the mustard seed. "It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches."

I have always loved this parable. I guess because of the transformation of the seed into a large bush that could welcome all the birds who came to it. We are like these small seeds and God helps us grow into that large bush and we spread our branches to welcome others. It makes you think how unjust we are with our deporting parents now who have children born here. Our immigration laws need to be reformed and we need to do it now before we commit more injustice.

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