Fr. Bede Griffiths on the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ

Fr. Bede Griffiths, O.S.B. Cam.

The virgin birth of Jesus is a sign of the emergence of the new man, a further stage in the evolution of humanity. It marks the transcendence of sexuality, the achievement of human perfection. The new man is not born by sexual generation – ‘not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.’ This is achieved because a woman is found who can make the total surrender of herself in love. What human love strives imperfectly to achieve through sex and marriage is here accomplished by divine Love. The mystery of love which is at work in the whole creation, in the stars and atoms, plants and animals and men, here achieved its consummation.

In Mary man is married to God; the male and the female unite in one person in an interior marriage and the new man is born. This is the mystery which has to be accomplished in us. Every man and woman has to undergo this virgin birth, to be married to God; in other words, beyond our physical and psychic being we have to discover our spiritual being, our eternal ground, and there the mystery of love is fulfilled.

* This excerpt is from “Return to the Centre” by Fr. Bede Griffiths


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