Monday 26 July 2021

About Today Readings

Ss Joachim and Anne

Exodus 32:15-24, 30-34. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good – Ps 105(106):19-23. Matthew 13:31-35.

The gardens of our grandparents

Moses seeks forgiveness for his countrymen, and even as he’s angered by their actions, he is so bound to these people that God’s inability to forgive them might as well amount to him being ‘blotted out’.

Many of us know the feeling of a grandparent willing to be blotted out in service and protection of a grandchild. Our grandparents so often convey wisdom and a mellowed, but savvy, awareness on the ways of the world. Usually, savvier than we recognise.

Grandparents are often the ones who plant, and lovingly tend, mustard seeds. Knowing that they will not see the fullness of this growth; a grandparent’s tender care is an act of great hope.

It’s a gift then, today, to contemplate Jesus’s grandparents, known to us as Joachim and Anne. What might they have planted in their grandson? What hope might he have given them?

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