Question of the Day for Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Q. My question is this: I heard on Catholic Radio that Jesus was born in the same manner that anyone of us was born, but if Mary was “ever Virgin,” would that not negate her virginity because of the “opening of the womb”? I have always thought that the birth of Jesus was just as mysterious and spiritual as His conception by the Holy Spirit. I hope you can give me a clear answer to this question. The only mention of the birth was, “She brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes” (Lk 2:7, KJV).
C.B., Port Orchard, Wash.
A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D:
Assume for the moment that the process of Jesus’ birth was a miracle quite different from the normal birth process. Do you see how this belief would undercut the reality of the Incarnation? We believe and profess that in His Incarnation Jesus was like us in “all things” but sin. The Incarnation would be incomplete — and without redemptive grace — if Jesus had not been born as you and I were.
The opening of the Virgin’s womb, and her bringing forth through labor her divine Son, has nothing to do with her virginity. The word “virgin” commonly refers to a person who has not had sexual intercourse.
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