“If anyone is confused by the fact that the Virgin conceived when she was an engaged woman, and not as a maiden who had no fiancé and was not married, as the Scripture says, let him know that there are three reasons for this. First, through the genealogy of Joseph, to whom Mary was related [by marriage], her ancestry is also revealed. The second reason was so that she would not be stoned by the people as an adulteress, according to the law of Moses. The third reason is so that, during the flight to Egypt, she would have the comfort of a guardian rather than a husband.
In that circumstance, indeed, who would ever have believed the Virgin if she had said that she conceived by the power of the Spirit and that the angel Gabriel had come to communicate God’s will to her? Instead, everyone would have condemned her as an adulteress, as they did with Susanna, just as today, when the whole world believes, the Jews still claim that in the prophecy of Isaiah, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son” (Is 7:14), the Hebrew text has the word “young woman” instead of “virgin”, that is, ” ‘almah ” instead of “bethllah”. But against them, we will speak more effectively elsewhere.” Jerome, De virginitate perpetua beatae Mariae adversus Helvidium 4; PL 23, 187-88
God protects his people. In his divine economy, He made sure that Our Lady was safe being in the Jewish society. Ever since the world was created and God works in humanity to bring forth His salvation.
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Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.