September 8, 2019 – Thoughts by Rev Kev

Did you know that today the Catholic Church celebrates the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary on its traditional fixed date of September  8, nine months after the December 8 celebration of her Immaculate Conception as the child of Saints Joachim and Anne.

Some say that Mary’s father Joachim was a wealthy member of one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Joachim was deeply grieved, along with his wife Anne, by their childlessness. “He called to mind Abraham,” the early Christian writing says, “that in the last day God gave him a son Isaac.”

Joachim and Anne began to devote themselves extensively and rigorously to prayer and fasting, initially wondering whether their inability to conceive a child might signify God’s displeasure with them.

As it turned out, however, the couple were to be blessed even more abundantly than Abraham and Sarah, as an angel revealed to Anne when he appeared to her and prophesied that all generations would honor their future child: “The Lord has heard your prayer, and you shall conceive, and shall bring forth, and your seed shall be spoken of in all the world.”

May our faith become like that of Joachim and Anne as we continue to pray and place our Trust in God.

 

St. Augustine described the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary as an event of cosmic and historic significance, and an appropriate prelude to the birth of Jesus Christ. Augustine is quoted as saying, “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley.”

 

 

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