Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; (Matthew 1:18)


This Child is the fruit of the coming together of God and woman, not of man and woman. The horizontality of history and of human generation is abrogated, at least subordinated, to the vertical descent of God to dwell with man. Christ is Emmanuel.

Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis, Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, Chapters 1–25, vol. 1 (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996–2012), Page 64.