26 July 2017
Today we celebrate the memorial of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of the Virgin Mary. And this seems to be a case of “holiness by association.” We don’t really know that much about Joachim and Anne—we’re not even entirely sure if those were their names. We only know for certain that they were the mother and father of Saint Mary.
And so, we have to assume that if the child they raised became the Mother of God, then they themselves must have been extraordinary in holiness. The only “proof” of that is the holiness of their child, our Blessed Mother. There’s the expression: “A tree is known by its fruits.” And, in this case, “the parents are known through their child.”
As we consider that we ourselves are children of God, how we act, what we say, what we do all has a reflection on God. People can know God through us; sometimes that’s the only way they encounter God—through our actions and words. That’s why there can’t be any “cranky Christians,” or merciless Christians; because that would give others the wrong idea of who God is.
The parent is known through the child; God is known to others through his children. May we do God proud in how we live our lives.