Mary and Joseph in Nazareth, before the birth of Jesus

During the time that preceded the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph had to go through a very painful ordeal. This was the first major trial in the lives of the newlyweds.

From the moment of the Annunciation and the Incarnation of the Word of God in the womb of Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit who "covered her with his shadow," until the time of Jesus’ birth, Mary, who was engaged to Joseph, became his wedded wife. When she came to live with him, after the period of engagement, she was already pregnant. Joseph realized Mary’s condition, without knowing how it could have come about. As for Mary, she could not reveal the extraordinary marvel conceived in her womb by the Lord God. Yet Joseph, like Mary, remained faithful to God's will and kept Mary in his home.

This first big trial in the married life of Mary and Joseph, before the birth of Jesus, was a enormous test of their mutual love, but also of their faith, just as Abraham had been called to sacrifice his son Isaac. It was madness in the eyes of men, but wisdom in the eyes of God. What could have split up the Holy Family from the outset, on the contrary welded their marriage together forever by faith. In addition, it was at the price of this test for the holy couple, a test reported in the Scriptures, that the virgin birth of Jesus was exposed without ambiguity.

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The Mary of Nazareth Team