The thoughts of Dr. Jakubinyi György Archbishop Emeritus
Saturday, December 18: Mt 1,18-24: The birth of Jesus.
According to the custom of the Jews at that time, being engaged gave the right to live like in marriage. St. Joseph was away from Nazareth for a long time at the time of the greeting of the angel, his bride was still in her parents' house. When she answered to the angel, the Word was incarnate in her immaculate heart, to be born nine months later in Bethlehem. When St Joseph returned home after a long field trip, he noticed that his wife was expecting a child. Why did Mary not explain to St Joseph what had happened? Who would have ever believed such story? Mary remained silent, she knew that she would not be believed, but she also knew that if God had arranged it this way, he would make sure that St Joseph found out the truth. On 8 December we ended the extraordinary Holy Year of St Joseph. Saint Joseph, patron saint of the Mother Church, pray for us!