Do we have the Faith of Mary?
For most of us, the story of Joseph and Mary is well known. But let me re-tell it:
There was this young girl, a virgin (yes a virgin, she had not had sex outside of marriage and it was considered "HIP, COOL, Honorable" to NOT have sex before Marriage. She was engaged to a young hard working man named Joseph. People then were normally engaged for one year before marriage. This gave them time to make sure it was good for them both, and to prepare for marriage. And NO, they did not live together yet either.
Now, I am sure they were very excited. Joseph of course was held in honor to marry a virgin woman who he would be the only man for her. This was important to him and to his standing in the community.
But one day, a angel Named Gabriel, appears to Mary and says,(luke 1:26) " “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”[a]
Now, lets think about this a moment. You are a young girl and out of no where
a Real angel appears and starts talking to you! Telling you that you are highly
Favored! How would you feel?
But when she saw him,[b] she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,”[d] which is translated, “God with us.”
24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her(have sex) till she had brought forth her firstborn Son.[e] And he called His name JESUS.