Today is the 3rd day of our 8 day lent. let's review the vision of Joachim today.
The Vision of JoachimJoachim did not go home after his bitter experience at the temple and instead chose to stay in the pastures along with the shepherds. His wife Anna was worried, since she had not seen him for many days.
One day, when Joachim was in the pasture, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a vision, and said, "Fear not, Joachim, don't be disturbed by my appearance; for I am the angel of the Lord, sent by Him to you to tell you that your prayers have been heard, and that your charitable deeds have gone up into His presence. He has seen your shame, and has heard the reproach of unfruitfulness which has been unjustly brought against you. For God is the avenger of sin, not of nature: and, therefore, when He shuts up the womb of any one, He does so that He may miraculously open it again."
The angel continued by pointed out few historical facts,
"Sarah, the first mother of your nation, was barren up to her eightieth year and in extreme old age she brought forth Isaac.
Rachel, so favored of the Lord, and so beloved by holy Jacob, was long barren; and yet she brought forth Joseph, who was not only the lord of Egypt, but the deliverer of many nations who were ready to perish of hunger.
Who among the judges was either stronger than Samson, or more holy than Samuel? And yet the mothers of both were barren.
If, therefore, the reasonableness of my words does not persuade you, believe in fact that conceptions very late in life, and births in the case of women that have been barren, are usually attended with something wonderful."
Then the angel said the most wonderful thing, "Accordingly your wife Anna will bring forth a daughter to you, and you shall call her name Mary: she shall be, as you have vowed, consecrated to the Lord from her infancy, and she shall be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from her mother's womb. She shall neither eat nor drink any unclean thing, nor shall she spend her life among the crowds of the people without, but in the temple of the Lord, that it may not be possible either to say, or so much as to suspect, any evil concerning her. Therefore, when she has grown up, just as she herself shall be miraculously born of a barren woman, so in an incomparable manner she, a virgin, shall bring forth the Son of the Most High, who shall be called Jesus, and who, according to the etymology of His name, shall be the Saviour of all nations."
The angel also gave Joachim a sign, "And this shall be the sign to you of those things which I announce: When you shall come to the Golden gate in Jerusalem, you shall there meet Anna your wife, who, lately anxious from the delay of your return, will then rejoice at the sight of you."
Having spoken these words to Joachim, the angel departed from him.
Joachim must have felt so happy and light at heart after hearing these words. Whenever we hear a great news, we want to share that immediately with our dear ones - we rush to them to share that joy; for joy shared multiplies by itself. I bet, Joachim wanted to run home and share this news with Anna.
Encounter with an angel is a blessing. The positive energy filled by an angel is so powerful, that one has to experience it. Joachim must have experienced new energy flowing through him, after his vision.
(To be continued...)