"He was subject to them."
"Who was subject?" St. Bernard asks, "and to whom?"
A God to men! Yes, the God whom the angels serve, whom the Principalities and Powers obey. He was subject to Mary and not to Mary only, but to Joseph also, for Mary's sake. That a God should obey a human creature; here is humility without parallel. That the same human creature should command God; here is a height and depth nowhere else attained. Man, learn to obey. Earth, learn to consent to a low estate. Dust, learn to humble yourself, for the Evangelist says of your Creator: "He was subject to them," and there is no doubt that this means, to Mary and Joseph. Blush then, proud ashes. A God humbles Himself; while you exalt yourself. A God becomes subject to men, while you, seeking to rule over men, put yourself above your Creator. O Man, if you will not condescend to follow the example of a man, surely it will not be beneath you to follow your Creator. (3rd. Noct.)