Was Mary Really Married to Joseph???
June 22, 2014
The Holy Family
YES YES YES , Mary and St Joseph were married before the conception of Our Lord Jesus Christ! Ok, deep breath now. It is so important in this day and age especially with so many attacks on the family itself to protect the TRUTH of the dignity of the Holy Family. So many people today, even some priests, are misinterpreting the Holy scriptures and teachings of the Church by trying to say that Jesus was conceived out of wedlock ; this is just FALSE . It is a direct attack on the sanctity of the Holy Family, and ultimately the family itself. As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said, it is ” pious fiction ” to try and even suggest that Jesus was conceived out of wedlock, and to appeal to the sentimentality of the single mother. So called charity without truth is not charity at all, they must be coupled together at all times.
Now, to try and help clarify things we need to go back to the first century customs of the Jewish people. What we recognize as “betrothal,” and what a first century Jewish person sees as betrothal are two very different things to be sure. This taken from a Jewish website here:
Two Stages in Marriage
According to Torah law, marriage is a two-step process. The first stage is called “kiddushin,” and the second step is known as “nisu’in.” Kiddushin is commonly translated as betrothal or espousal, but actually renders the bride and groom full-fledged husband and wife. After this point, if, G‑d forbid, they decided to part ways, a “get” (Jewish divorce) would be required. However, the bride and groom are not permitted to live together as husband and wife until the second stage, the nisu’in, is completed. This taken from this site more info if you want http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/477321/jewish/Kiddushin-Betrothal.htm.
Here are some more references straight out of the Gospel of St Matthew, who is very specific on more than one occasion in the first chapter. Let us take a look what the Holy Scriptures say ; ”  Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost.  Whereupon. Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.” So, we have the term “espoused” in verse 18, and right after this we have St Joseph being called “her husband.” St Matthew writing under the inspiration of God also had this to say a few verses later, clearly identifying Mary and Joseph as being married ”  And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife.” Well, that is very clear and plain to me, that St Joseph and Mary were indeed married. Eventhough it definitely appears that St Joseph and Mary were in the kiddushin stage , which is the first stage, it is still an absolutely valid marriage, and a divorce would be needed to get out of it. Even worse, if it was thought that a Jewish woman in the kiddushin stage had been with a man other than her husband, she would have violated Jewish Law and be guilty of adultery, a crime punishable by death. ( my emphasis added in the verses taken from Holy Scripture )
This is what St John Paul II had to say about the fact that Our Lady and St Joseph were absolutely married from St John Paul II’s General Audience of Wednesday, 21 August 1996.” 1. In presenting Mary as a “virgin”, the Gospel of Luke adds that she was “betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David”( 1:27). These two pieces of information at first sight seem contradictory.
It should be noted that the Greek word used in this passage does not indicate the situation of a woman who has contracted marriage and therefore lives in the marital state, but that of betrothal. Unlike what occurs in modern cultures, however, the ancient Jewish custom of betrothal provided for a contract and normally had definitive value: it actually introduced the betrothed to the marital state, even if the marriage was brought to full completion only when the young man took the girl to his home. At the time of the Annunciation, Mary thus had the status of one betrothed.” Pretty convincing evidence coming from the Holy Scriptures and also newly canonized Saint John Paul II, and even from Jewish sources that all say the same thing about a Jewish marriage.
So, why do people teach this horrendous error than? I can only make an educated guess, but it could likely be from poor catechetical training, and in many instances even poorer priestly and religious formation. Way to much personal interpretation of Holy Scriptures can be added into the mix ; it is always best to follow “the constant and very firm teachings” of the Catholic Church. The Magisterium and Holy Tradition with the Church Fathers is where we turn to look for proper interpretations of Holy Scripture. Pope Benedict XVI said “dogma is simply the proper interpretation of scripture.” Please help in defending the Sanctity of The Holy Family at all times, and call people out on their errors if they fall into this one especially. Write your Bishop if need be, “Do Not Be Afraid!!!”
The Marian Catechist Apostolate has a great multi media section on this very topic, so here it is, and please use it; http://www.mariancatechist.com/multimedia/index.html.
If you have any comments or questions, or if you just want to say hello, please do so at the top of the post. May God Almighty protect us from the world, the devil, and ourselves in JMJ, Lee
Who is Jesus Christ?????
April 29, 2014
Priest, Prophet, King
Who is Jesus?
Jesus actually means saviour. This name was given to Him by God. The Angel Gabriel announced this to Mary His Mother, ” Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son ; and thou shalt call His name Jesus” (Luke 1:31). Joshua, or Josue are also translations of the same name Jesus. The Aramaic name for Jesus is Yeshua. His Mother would have probably called Him Yeshua throughout His thirty three years on Earth. Christ is not Jesus‘ last name, it actually means “anointed.” Annointed translated into Greek is actually Christos (Khristos), or in English, Christ. In Hebrew, we have Christ translating into Messiah (Hebrew: מָשִׁיחַ, Modern Mashiaẖ Tiberian Māšîăḥ; in modern Jewish texts in English spelled Mashiach. I know, it can be a little confusing to get all these names down, but once you do, it will stay with you for life and it helps to explain Who is Jesus. To try and keep it simple, Jesus means saviour, Christ means anointed. So, Jesus actually is His name, it is Who He is. Jesus is our Saviour and Gods anointed or Christ.Talk about a tongue twister, I promise I’m trying to keep it simple.
Jesus Christ is our High Priest forever, this is prophesied all throughout the Old Testament. Jesus transformed and perfected the Levitical Priesthood into the Priesthood we have today in The Catholic Church. Jesus all throughout John chapter 17, exercise His Priestly function especially in what exegetes refer to as Jesus’ “High Priestly Prayer.” Especially in John 17: They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world.  Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.  And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me.” The word sanctify is used in the Old Testament and properly translated into Hebrew as “hagiazo,” which actually means to “consecrate” or to “make holy.” .Only an ordained prophet of God or a High priest has the authority to consecrate a priest. Jesus is both, and is actually ordaining the 12 Apostles as priests in this chapter 17 of John. The priesthood that Jesus is re-establishing, transforming and perfecting actually has roots that lead all the way back to Abraham. In Hebrews chapter 7 we read of Jesus’ New Priesthood, “ For this Melchisedech was king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him.” also, ”  For he testifieth: Thou art a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchisedech.” And more from Hebrews 7, But this, for that he continueth for ever, hath an everlasting priesthood,  Whereby he is able also to save for ever them that come to God by him; always living to make intercession for us.
 Many priests: The apostle notes this difference between the high priests of the law, and our high priest Jesus Christ; that they being removed by death, made way for their successors; whereas our Lord Jesus is a priest for ever, and hath no successor; but liveth and concurreth for ever with his ministers, the priests of the new testament, in all their functions. Also, that no one priest of the law, nor all of them together, could offer that absolute sacrifice of everlasting redemption, which our one high priest Jesus Christ has offered once, and for ever.
 Make intercession: Christ, as man, continually maketh intercession for us, by representing his passion to his Father.
 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens. So, we have lots of information in The New Testament of Jesus as our High Priest and His ordained Priesthood, but what of The Old Testament. Do we have the same kind of prophecies of a continuing Priesthood? Lets try and take a quick look. The Prophet Malachi speaks very openly of the New Priesthood of Jesus Christ, Chapter 1 , “ For from the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts.” Well, where do we have this sacrifice that Malachi is prophesizing about other than in Catholic Churches all throughout the world, on every continent and in every time zone? And who are these Gentiles, but, of course they are us, at The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass. I have a little more from the great prophet Isaiah that talks about Jesus’ priesthood to come. In Isaiah 66, ”  And they shall bring all your brethren out of all nations for a gift to the Lord, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and on mules, and in coaches, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, as if the children of Israel should bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord. 21] And I will take of them to be priests, and Levites, saith the Lord.” So, how can a gentile become a Levitical priest? That’s what is being said in this verse. This is prophesizing the New Priesthood of Jesus Christ which will, and does include ordained men from all nations and ethnicities, not just from the Levitical bloodline from the tribe of Levi or from Aarons bloodline. Jesus transforms and perfects the Holy Priesthood, making Himself Priest and Victim. Because after all, in order for a priest to be a priest, a victim to be sacrificed is needed. Jesus is Perfect Priest, and Perfect Sacrifice, as St John said in Chapter 1, “ The next day, John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith: Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who taketh away the sin of the world.”
Who was Saint John talking about in Chapter 14 of The Apocalypse, who were these celibate men? ”  These are they who were not defiled with women: for they are virgins. These follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were purchased from among men, the firstfruits to God and to the Lamb:  And in their mouth there was found no lie; for they are without spot before the throne of God. ” HMMMMM, who could these virgin men be??? I wonder… Of course, they are celibate priests from The Catholic Church, we now call them Saints!!!
PS Please use your Bibles and look up these chapters and verses, highlight and mark them for future reference so you know about Jesus and His Priesthood!!!
I could go on and on and quote more from other Books from the Holy Scriptures, but I will stop here for now. Next post we will look at Jesus as Prophet. May God Bless us, and keep us safe from the world, the devil, and ourselves. In, JMJ,Lee
March 26, 2014
Good Angels…..First Article of Apostles Creed continued
I find it a very appropriate day to blog about Good Angels. Of course today is the First Class Feast of The Annunciation of The Blessed Virgin Mary, March 25 and yesterday was St Gabriels feast day, the Archangel chosen by God to announce to Mary that she was to be the Mother of Christ. The Angel in the above image of the Annunciation is none other than the Angel Gabriel. He was hand picked by God to deliver Good News to Mary.
I think it is important to note that although each individual angel is indeed a different unique species from one another since they are not of a material nature but a spiritual nature, that their still are different classes of angels. Actually, nine Choirs of Angels is the language we use to identify the hierarchy,types or government if you will, of angels.. Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Quod Apostolici muneris, writes of the distinct nature of the choirs of angels, ” Just then as the Almighty willed that, in the Heavenly Kingdom itself, the choirs of angels should be of different ranks, and subordinated the one to the other; again just as in the Church, God has established different grades of orders with diversity of functions…” St Teresa of Avila who saw angels on more than one occasion, a favourite Saint of mine, and most powerful intercessor , also Doctor of the Church writes of the choirs, ” Their names they never tell me; but I see very well that their is in heaven so great a difference between one angel and another, and between these and the others, I cannot explain it.”
The nine choirs are as follows, The Seraphim, The Cherubim, The Thrones, The Dominations, The Virtues, The Powers, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. In a more intermediate study in the future, we will look at the different functions of these nine choirs and how they relate with God, one another and with us here on earth.
The Archangels that are known to us as Catholics definitively through Sacred Scripture and Sacred tradition are Archangel St Michael, Archangel St Gabriel, and Archangel St Raphael. We know that their are more Archangels, ” I am Raphael, one of the seven who stand before the Lord” (Tob 12:16). We do not know the names of the other four, we might have wait and see who they are in heaven. If you want to read more about Angels, you might like Joan Carrol Cruz’s book Angels and Demons or Peter Kreefts book Angels and Demons: What do we Really Know about Them? I have read both these books and really appreciated the thoroughness of each.
Next time we will look at Bad Angels….
in JMJ, Lee