There is an extra-biblical story about Mary’s parents. They went to the temple to make an offering, but because of their infertility, it was not accepted. In this visual version, Joachim and Anne arrive with lambs. They priest (with a halo, but missing his head) with an immense right hand stops them. Their feet suggest that they are recoiling. I hurt when I think how my religious convictions might cause those in distress to move away from God.
God, may my actions bring life. May I interact with others in ways that open the future. May others experience Your love through me.
Sarai was barren; she had no child. Genesis 11:30
… Luke 1:7
Invitation to Pray:
What barrenness in your life is most painful? Where in your body do you feel it? As you focus on it, what prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
Small twelfth-century sculptures (1145) that line the west wall, just above the doorways at the Chartres Cathedral in France. This scene is found next to the left central door and is found on the far right of the photo below.