the thirteenth step

The Bible does not tell us how old Mary was when she gave birth to Jesus, but she was probably 14 or 15. According to Jewish custom at the time a young woman might be betrothed as young as 12 and then legally married many months or even years later. Despite her young age it is clear that Mary was mature beyond her years. Luke describes her as ‘highly favoured’, and when presented with the news that she would conceive the Holy Son of God, Mary responds with pure faith and obedience by saying, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:35–38).

Mary and Joseph have now moved into Eythrope Road.                                             

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