The Virginal Marriage of Mary and Joseph – A Biblical Clue

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With the Incarnation, the “promises” and “figures” of the Old Testament become “reality”: places, persons, events and rites interrelate according to precise divine commands communicated by angels and received by creatures who are particularly sensitive to the voice of God. Mary is the Lord’s humble servant, prepared from eternity for the task of being the Mother of God. Joseph is the one whom God chose to be the “overseer of the Lord’s birth,”(27) the one who has the responsibility to look after the Son of God’s “ordained” entry into the world, in accordance with divine dispositions and human laws. All of the so-called “private” or “hidden” life of Jesus is entrusted to Joseph’s guardianship.[1]


The “figure” in the Old fully realized in the New is the person Joseph son of Jacob (In Matthew, Jacob is father of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin).

Today’s ANTIPHON (Cf. Lk. 12:42):

Behold a faithful and prudent steward, whom the LORD set over his household. (My emphasis).

Joseph in the Old answers those who are possessed to claim that after the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph had marital relations i.e., that their marriage was no longer virginal:

8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Lo, having me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my hand;9 he is not greater in this house than I am; nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife; how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”  – Gen 39:8-9 (RSVCE).

Further Reading:

[1] Redemptoris Custos (Guardian of the Redeemer), 8,  Apostolic Exhortation by Pope St. John Paul II [the Great] on St. Joseph, August 15 – the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – in the year 1989.


The Grandeur of St. Joseph by Dom Bernard Marechaux in Feast of St. Joseph 2017 | Torch of The Faith News, Sunday 19 March 2017


Endnote

Mary and Joseph lived in the here and now what will be our state in the age to come:

Mark 12:24-25 (RSVCE)
24 Jesus said to them, “Is not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

Cf. GENERAL AUDIENCES: JOHN PAUL II’S THEOLOGY OF THE BODY
Pope John Paul II > The Resurrection and Theological Anthropology

“That age” is not the world of the earth, but the world of God, who, as we know from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians, will fill it entirely, becoming “everything to everyone” (1 Cor 15:28).

Cf. USCCB » Bible » Daily Readings » May 22, 2018 » Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time | Lectionary: 342

You are as unfaithful as adulterous wives; don’t you realize that making the world your friend is making God your enemy? Anyone who chooses the world for his friend turns himself into God’s enemy. Surely you don’t think scripture is wrong when it says: the spirit which he sent to live in us wants us for himself alone? But he has been even more generous to us, as scripture says: God opposes the proud but he gives generously to the humble. Give in to God, then; resist the devil, and he will run away from you. The nearer you go to God, the nearer he will come to you. Clean your hands, you sinners, and clear your minds, you waverers. Look at your wretched condition, and weep for it in misery; be miserable instead of laughing, gloomy instead of happy. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up. [The Jerusalem Bible: Reader’s Edition] (My emphasis)


Oratio Sancti Thomae Aquinatis Post Missam / Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas After Mass

[…] May it unite me more closely to Thee, the one true God and lead me safely through death to everlasting happiness with Thee. And I pray that Thou willest lead me, a sinner to the banquet where Thou with Thy Son and Holy Spirit, art true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect happiness to Thy saints. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. (My emphasis)