“To think that she went on to the joys of marital life after she birthed her Savior is illogical though.”
Why? Was divorce widely accepted at the time? What was Joseph to do, just leave her or die?
“The Church does not teach that she is anything but a human being.”
That is great news, I was honestly not aware of that.
“The many find her friendship a way to worship her Son is just a natural expression of faith in the Gospel.”
Hey, I attend a charismatic church so I am in NO position to question how others worship, more power to ya.
posted on 06/14/2010 5:56:05 PM PDT
(Getting married, T minus 12 days.)
It is the historical knowledge of the Church (the Tradition) that since St. Joseph was informed that the Child with Mary was Son of God, he decided to stay away from her blessed womb carnally while remaining her husband in the economic sense of providing for her needs. That would be consistent with the Jewish concept of the Tabernacle (that which contains the Word of God) as somethign that is not to be touched. Mary, likewise, never intended to "know man" (Lk 1:34). The Tradition teaches that she was a temple virgin who came of age and was to be given to an older respected man in marriage. Joseph was chosen for her even before the Annunciation as a caretaker husband as was the practice. Read more in The Protoevangelium of James
. Note that St. Joseph is absent from the adult life of Jesus while Mary is present, which is consistent with him being a much older man.
It is possible that he had children from the previous unrecorded marriage, see references to "brothers of the Lord".
posted on 06/15/2010 5:51:09 AM PDT
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