One Monk of the Order of Saint Benedict

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July 27, 2008

Yesterday: the Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, July 26

Matthew 13:16-17
Sirach 44:1,10-15
A man came up to Jesus, saying,
“Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?"
And Jesus said to him,
"If you would enter eternal life,
keep the commandments.
Honor your father and mother.”
[Mt. 19]

Jesus taught the commandments, and he obeyed them.
His Gospel tells us he went with Mary and Joseph to Nazareth, and was OBEDIENTLY SUBJECT to them. [Lk. 2:51]
Mary, whom God through an angel called “full of grace,” would have obeyed the commandment of eternal life, honoring her father and mother.
If her parents had lived to meet their grandson, Jesus, they would have received from him the same honor he commanded as a condition for entering eternal life.
Today the Church’s calendar honors the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, having called them by the names “Joachim” and “Anne” since the second century.
The Church also honors them, but less specifically, on December 24, the Memorial of All the Holy Forefathers of Jesus Christ.
As a son and a grandson, Jesus is truly God who has become truly a member of the human race.
To celebrate Saints Joachim and Anne is to celebrate the historical fact that God has taken Holy Communion in the flesh and blood of the human race.
God in Christ has honored not only his parents and grandparent.
He has honored us also, offering us the eternal life of heavenly joy even for our flesh and blood, and not just for our spiritual souls.
Christ, True God and True Man, is the happy ending and the “happily ever after” of the human race.
He makes the offer.
However, he leaves to us the honor of freely saying “Yes” or “No” by the lives we choose to live.

That God Be Glorified in All


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