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WHY WAS JESUS CONCEIVED OF A BETROTHED VIRGIN, RATHER THAN OF ONE WHO WAS FREE?

WHY WAS JESUS CONCEIVED OF A BETROTHED VIRGIN, RATHER THAN OF ONE WHO WAS FREE?

HOMILY OF ST JEROME, PRIEST

(Book 1 of Commentary on Matthew, Ch.1)

Why was he conceived of a betrothed virgin, rather than of one who was free? First, that through the genealogy of Joseph, the lineage of Mary might be shown. Secondly, lest she should be stoned by the Jews as an adulteress. Thirdly, that she might have a comforter when fleeing into Egypt. The Martyr Ignatius even added a fourth reason why he should have been conceived of a betrothed virgin: “That his birth,” he says, “might be concealed from the devil, since he would suppose that he had been born, not of a virgin, but of a married woman.

Joseph kept silence about the mystery he did not understand

But Joseph, her husband, being a just man and not wishing to expose her to reproach, was minded to put her away privately. If anyone is joined to an adulteress, he becomes one body with her, and according to the Law, not only those who commit such sin but also those who have knowledge of it, are held guilty. How then could Joseph be described as just if he had concealed the sin of his wife?

But it is a testimony to Mary that Joseph, knowing her chastity, yet wondering what had happened, kept silence about the mystery he did not understand.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2017 in Words of Wisdom

 

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4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT, GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 1:18-25)

This is how Jesus Christ was born: Mary his mother had been given to Joseph in marriage, but before they lived together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.

Then Joseph, her husband, made plans to divorce her in all secrecy. He was an upright man, and in no way did he want to discredit her. While he was pondering over this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She has conceived by the Holy Spirit, and now she will bear a son. You shall call him ‘Jesus’ for he will save his people from their sins.”

All this happened in order to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and he will be called Emmanuel, which means: God-with-us. When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do, and he took his wife to his home. So she gave birth to a son and he had not had marital relations with her. Joseph gave him the name Jesus.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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