Jesus inside the faithful by Ambrose of Milan

In his commentary on the Gospel of Luke, St. Ambrose mentions the follwoing verse:

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.”

Psalms 127:3

He explains the deep communion between Jesus Christ and the faithful.

” The inheritance of the Lord are the sons (cf. Ps 127:3), the reward of the fruit that has come forth from Mary’s womb. He is the fruit of the womb. … Mary is the branch, the flower of Mary is Christ, who, like the fruit of a good tree, according to our progress in virtue, now flowers, bears fruit in us, and is reborn through the Resurrection that returns life to his body.”

Ambrose of Milan, Expositio in Lucam 2, 24; PL IS, 1641-42.

As Christ lives in us, he creates a clean heart. His work brings a flower then a fruit. It takes work and time. The fruits are signs of life. At the end, if you have no real relationship with Christ, you have no life, you cannot bear fruit.

If you are interested in more quotes on Virgin Mary, you can find them in Mary and the Fathers of the Church on Amazon in both in Kindle and paperback formats.


Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

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