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M. Vincent van Mechelen, 55.SLL-58.NEY

WHAT SHALL WE CALL THE CHILD?


It may be a coincidence, but a few months after the encounter with that Roman soldier Mary's belly started to grow. And now that it has become clear to everyone that beautiful Mary is indeed pregnant, Joseph, to whom she is legally married, asks her:

"Mary, what shall we call the child?".

Without any hesitation Mary answers:

"Matthew, Joseph. 'Matthew' means 'Gift of God', and he is my gift from God."

A little bit irritated and suspicious, but most humbly, Joseph asks:

"And what if it is a girl, Mary?"

To this Mary replies resolutely:

"A girl, Joseph, are you kidding? God and I want a boy, nothing less. I said 'gift of God', not 'girl of God', Joseph."

One month later, Joseph, to whom Mary is legally married, asks her again:

"Mary, what shall we call the child?".

Mary, slightly surprised, answers:

"Matthew, Joseph, God and I still like the name of Matthew most of all."

Just before the contractions start Joseph, to whom Mary is legally married, asks her again:

"Mary, what shall we call the child?".

Mary, a lot more surprised now, and feeling rather worried, answers:

"Matthew, Joseph. As I said before, any other name would be a disgrace to this particular child."

The child is born. Luckily, it turns out to be a son, and a stable character at that. Joseph, to whom Mary is legally married, has to report the birth of her son to the authorities, but he seems to be lost in thought and hardly moving, when he asks Mary again:

"Mary, what shall we call the child?".

One moment Mary is too flabbergasted to say anything, then she flies into a rage and shouts at him:

"Jesus, Joseph. I told you so many times already! Now, go to the registry at once!!"



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