"I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. (Verse 38)
You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. (Luke 1:31)
Joseph's Faith and Trust
Take the pregnant Mary into your home.
Word Became Flesh
Over two thousand years ago, the angel Gabriel visited a poor, Jewish young woman. He told her that she will bear a son and name him Jesus. In her unhesitating "yes" to God's invitation at the Annunciation, Mary committed to her role in God's plan of salvation. Mary remained a virgin her entire life, a sign of her total commitment, body and soul, to God.
An angel appears to Joseph in a dream and tells him the same thing the angel told Mary, that Mary's child was conceived through the Holy Spirit and that he was to be named Jesus. The angel tells Joseph to take the pregnant Mary into his home, which Joseph does without question. Joseph is a model husband and father, who displays great faith and trust in God's plan.
The mystery of the union of Jesus' divine and human natures in one Divine Person is called the Incarnation. This is shown in the Nicene Creed when we say, "For us men and for our salvation...he was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man." The Incarnation was needed to reconcile us with God through the forgiveness of sins, so that we might know the depth of God's love, to be our model of holiness, to make us partakers of the divine nature, and to destroy the power of the Devil.