May the Lord give you grace, peace and health in the Holy Spirit.
It is 26th July 2022. We celebrate the memorial of Saints Joachim and Ann, the Parents of Blessed Virgin Mary.
As we celebrate the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, we can give hope to the elderly saying, “In old age they will still bear fruit” (Ps. 92:15).
Many still believe that the old age is passage of mental and physical even spiritual torture with anxiety, fear and insecurity clouding the rest of life. But His Holiness Pope Francis teaches us few things that we can accept and treat our elders with respect, love and dignity deserve truly. The tears and cry of the elder are echoing in the words of the Psalmist: “Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent” (Ps. 71:9). As the Pontiff points out that the old age is not time to regret but to interiorize our life. Even the physical vision might be dimmed yet the mission of Christ is not faded away. Hence, we need to encourage the elderly not to give up on themselves and the world around more specially on God.
The celebration of the parents of the Mother of God offers hope to all the elderly that God can change the course of their life as they hold on to God. Pope Francis constantly reminding us to hold the elderly on our knees as we all one time dandled on their knees and arms.
Let us not dump our elderly or discord them. We all need to be grateful for our loving grandparents and elderly. It is our turn to make them feel loved, wanted, remembered. Make sure that no elderly and godparents would be left out in our families, parish communities and in our society. May the Lord bless and fill our grandparents and elderly with joy, happiness and health and love from their children and community. God bless you.