We honor Joachim and Ann as the parents of Mary who nurtured her, taught her, and raised her to know, love and trust God -- so much so that she was properly disposed in mind and heart to be able to respond to what God asked of her through the Angel Gabriel: "'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus...The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.' Mary said, 'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.'" (Luke 1:26-38)
It was the example of parenting that Mary must have received from Joachim and Ann that she followed as she raised Jesus. It was the faith they shared with her which laid the foundation of courage, strength, and trust which served her well even in the pain of standing at the foot of the cross as her Son was crucified. As such, Joachim and Ann can be examples and models of inspiration for all parents and grandparents.
Parents of Mary, pray for all parents that they may provide the loving home and faithful teaching that you provided your daughter. Amen