THE VIRGINAL PURITY OF MARY
3. Incarnation Through Virginity.
Try to understand the sublimity of this plan. See God drawing a blue-print for the magnificent work of the Incarnation on the basis of the virginity of His Mother. As we have already seen elsewhere, the redemption of mankind was faced by two insurmountable difficulties: a) Humanly speaking, redemption was not possible because all mankind together could not atone for one single sin. It was necessary that redemption should be achieved by God. b) But God could not possibly atone and redeem as long as He could not sacrifice Himself, immolate Himself, suffer and die for man. Divinely speaking, redemption seemed also impossible.
But God finds a way: He will become man and thus possess a body through which to suffer and die. But this body could not be formed like other bodies. Otherwise it would be born stained like the rest; it would be a body conceived in sin. And such a body could not be taken up by the Son of God. The way out of this conflict is Mary Immaculate, stainlessly conceived; the Virgin Mary could be a Mother without any detriment to Her virginity. In this way Jesus, as God, holy, virginal and pure, will likewise, because His Mother is holy, virginal and pure, be so as man. Incarnation through virginity! How much beauty there is in this virtue!