Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(Exodus 33:7-11.34:5b-9.28; Matthew 13:36-43)

Grandparents, aware of their responsibility in raising their children’s children, look to the law for assistance. They seek the law’s assurance that they have access to their grandchildren when a divorced parent with custody refuses to cooperate. The reading from Exodus today shows how law enshrines rights and responsibilities with divine approval.

The Mosaic Law is written with Moses facing the Lord. The experience leaves his face aglow – a testimony to the divine status of the commandments that he will take to the people. Humans do not need revelation to say that it is wrong to steal or to commit adultery if they are to live in peace. But by instructing Moses directly, God indicates His special care for the Israelites.

Today we honor Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus. Declaring them saints, the Church reminds us of the need for parents and grandparents to instruct us of God’s commands. More than relating what is forbidden, they assure us of God’s love.