So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
– Luke 2: 4-20
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It’s always wonderful to meditate on the Nativity of Jesus. I should do it more often.
I must mark that I’m sure that Joseph and Mary were married by this point–more than pledged to be married–since there was no way a couple who were merely betrothed would go on a trip together in those days. Some people even speculate that Joseph and Mary were married and living in the same house at the time of the Annunciation, which would make sense in protecting the honor of Our Lady.
Though a husband and wife leading a celibate life sounds odd, it has parallels in that St. Edward the Confessor and St. Magnus of Orkney were said to have done the same. A more modern example of spouses practicing celibacy–at least for a short period of time–is how St. Therese of Lisieux’s parents did not consummate their marriage until, after much prayer, they felt that God willed that they have children.
Thanks for the information – interesting and helpful as always!