God has a reason for everything.
The Church celebrates the memorial of the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Joachim and Anne. Nothing much is known about them in the scriptures.
Most of the things we know about them came from the apocryphal writings most especially the Protevangelium of James (“First Gospel of James”) and the Evangelium de Nativitate Mariae (“Gospel of the Nativity of Mary).
From these sources, Anne and her husband Joachim lived a wealthy but devout life. Despite their status, they were childless for many years which kept them restless.
This continued for many years but they never stopped seeking the help of God and asking for His intervention. Anne even promised God that if He gives them a child, they will devote the child to Him all the days of his or her life.
It was during this time that both received the vision from an angel that Anne will bear a wondrous child. So, the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary was seen as miraculous and brought great joy to the family.
When She was three years old, the parents of the Blessed Mother brought her to the temple of Jerusalem, where she grew up in the service and fear of the Lord. Hence, the journey of our salvation has a beginning, which began with the birth of she who is to bear the Messiah Jesus Christ.
This became possible through the family of Joachim and Anne. They are the grandparents of Our Lord Jesus Christ and today serve as the patron of all the grandparents.
So, everything God does in our lives has a reason.
Lessons from Ss Joachim and Anne
1. God knows the reason, He waited so long to bless the family of Joachim with a blessed child.
We may not know God’s intentions at the moment but as time goes on, you will.
2. Secondly, we have to learn from Anne who never gave up on God. This family looked upon God despite years of childlessness.
3. Thirdly, Joachim teaches all men to be more supportive to their wives in those times of challenges. They are not the time to give up on your woman. Rather a time to give her more support.
Finally, God does not fail in His promises. He has reasons for whatever He does. Let us always trust Him.
Fr. Sanctus Mario Okey