Note: The names of Saints Joachim and Anne, not mentioned in the Bible, are found only in the Gospel of James, an apocryphal work (meaning a text of doubtful authenticity), written around 150 C.E., purportedly by James, the brother of Jesus.
A couple, bracing
at news of a coming birth,
in earthbound, mindful unknowing,
yet, with uplifted eye,
an angelic sign,
with boundless, soulful believing…
but did (could) they know
that the (their) one to come,
with a birth to be foretold
by a messenger whose strength was God,(1)
would bear the One to come
as Liberator of the world?
(1) “Man of God” or “strength is God” is the meaning of Gabriel; the name of the angel who announced to Mary, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you…you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1.28b, 31-33)
Illustration: Saints Joachim and Anne Meeting at the Golden Gate (1605), Eugenio Caxés (1574-1634) Note: Caxés depicts Joachim and Anne meeting at the Golden Gate of Jerusalem having learned, via the agency of an angel, a divine messenger, that Anne will bear a child, who would become Mary, the mother of Jesus.