The feast of SS Anne and Joachim, Jesus' Grandmother and Grandfather. As Our Lady and St Joseph had to keep an eye on the little darling, this holy couple, like all grandparents, could afford to spoil him. The door was always open and on the table the ancient Jewish equivalent of Coke and cookies supplied, among other treats, by loving and indulgent grandparents
Here again is another dimension to the mystery of the Incarnation: God made man living in the midst of normal and beautiful human relationships, blessing and sanctifying ours by his. So today, as we wish all grandparents a happy feast day, let us give thanks for those the Lord has given us and through whom he reveals his love.