Today is the feast of the The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
I am prompted to ponder the day for Anna and Joachim. Simple Jewish parents of a new baby girl. Girls were of no big deal when they were born in those times. In fact, they could be a burden if a proper marriage could not be arranged. There was no angel sent to Anna and Joachim to let them know they had better keep close watch on her and raise her as a model of holiness for those born thereafter so she could become the Mother of the Messiah!
I have a special place in my heart for them as I am now a grandmother. Watching my children grow to productive adulthood, with their own children, gives me the promise of the future that I helped to create. It also reassures me that I was at least a “good enough” mother.
Here is a sharing of an article by Sr. M. Danielle Peters, of the University of Dayton, entitled The Jewishness of Mary, to shed some light on the life of that little girl born into obscurity so many years ago.
May the Lord bless you today as you ponder the life of our Holy Mother Mary and what she offered so willingly for us, her children.
Birthday cake photo from: Eagles Rise Above, a blog of St. Casmir’s School, September 2011