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498. People are sometimes troubled by the silence of St. Mark’s Gospel and the New Testament Epistles about Jesus’ virginal conception. Some might wonder if we were merely dealing with legends or theological constructs not claiming to be history. To this we must respond: Faith in the virginal conception of Jesus met with the lively opposition, mockery or incomprehension of non-believers, Jews and pagans alike; so it could hardly have been motivated by pagan mythology or by some adaptation to the ideas of the age. the meaning of this event is accessible only to faith, which understands in it the “connection of these mysteries with one another” in the totality of Christ’s mysteries, from his Incarnation to his Passover. St. Ignatius of Antioch already bears witness to this connection: “Mary’s virginity and giving birth, and even the Lord’s death escaped the notice of the prince of this world: these three mysteries worthy of proclamation were accomplished in God’s silence.”


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

204. What is the relationship between the Resurrection of Christ and our resurrection?

538. In the Old Testament, what relationship do the king and the temple have to prayer?

51. What is the importance of affirming “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1)?

110. What is the meaning of the Transfiguration?

592. What is the sense of the petition “Give us this day our daily bread”?

186. How do Bishops exercise their ministry of sanctification?

455. What does the fourth commandment require?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What are the story and life lessons drawn from the Ascension of Solomon in 1 Kings 1-2?

The Holiness of God’s People: How does the law of holiness in the book of Numbers teach us to pursue holiness in our lives and in our community of faith? (Numbers 19)

What does the Bible teach about the importance of humility and modesty?

The Woman and the Dragon: The Struggle Between Good and Evil (Revelation 12:1-17)

What is the responsibility of Christian leaders according to James 3:1-12?

How is God’s mercy manifested in Isaiah? What does the book of Isaiah teach us about God’s grace and mercy?

What is the role of leaders in the church according to 1 Timothy 3:1-13?

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