May the parents of Mary inspire people of India and all the patriarchic cultures to value and treasure every daughter and every girl child that infused with the thought that every daughter and girl child is also created in the image and likeness of God just as every son and every boy so that evil practices like female feticide, sati, child marriage, dowry murders, burying girls alive and cruel gender discrimination may disappear from society for all women to live in freedom and security. Listen to this prayer Lord which we make through the intercession of Saints Anne and Joachim. Amen.
We can all understand the argument the disciples had. We spend much of our lives seeking status, protecting our status, or mourning the loss of status.