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: If I claim this child as mine, it will be lying. I would have broken a law laid down by God. Mary
: I would never ask you to lie. Joseph
: If I say this child is not mine, they will ask what I'm going to do. If I accuse you... Mary
: There is a will for this child greater than my fear of what they may do.
: "And you shall call his name Jesus, for it is he who will save his people from their sins." I know. Mary, God showed me. An angel came to me in my dream. Mary
: You believe me? Joseph
: I believe you. The child will need a father. I will declare him as my own. Mary
: People will not look at you the same. They will not look at us the same. Joseph
: You are my wife. I am your husband. That is all anyone need know.
: You've never really told me of your dream. Joseph
: My dream?
[pause, he is teasing her and also contemplating his response
: No. Mary
: Please, tell me. Joseph
: An angel came to me. He told me the child within you had been conceived by the Holy Spirit and that I should not be afraid. Mary
: Are you afraid? Joseph
: Are you? Mary
: Yes. Do you ever wonder when we'll know? Joseph
: Know what? Mary
: When he is more than just a child. Will it be something he says? A look in his eyes? Joseph
: I wonder if I will even be able to teach him anything.
: You believe me? Joseph
: Yes, the angel came to me in my dream.
: How do we raise such a child? Joseph
: I wonder if I will even be able to teach Him anything.
[a man tries to steal their money
: What comes with us, stays with us.
: [Villagers are glaring and glancing sullenly at them as they leave
] They're going to miss us.
: I hope you enjoyed yourself... with your gypsy. Mary
: You're jealous. Joseph, it was just that he made me laugh. He made me feel happy. Joseph
: And I don't? Mary
: I didn't mean it that way. It's just that... you're so proud... and you get so angry.
: But I have nothing to give you. I-I'm only an apprentice. I really don't know how I'd make a living for us. I can imagine what your father would say. Well, I know what I would say... I really don't think your mother likes me... Mary
: Joseph, don't you want to know what I would say? I would say that I loved you the moment I saw you and that I will love you as long as I live.
: How do we explain God to his own son? I can't. Can you? Mary
: [to Jesus who has just walked in
] You're a child that needs a meal and a nap.
: I know you have many questions. But you need to let them sleep in your heart for now. Why? Because your questions are the questions of a child. But the answers are the answers for a man. That is one bridge I cannot build. I don't know how. But God can, and we must trust him. Jesus
: I do. I trust him for everything.
: You're not watching the soldiers, Joseph? Joseph
: We've seen Romans before. Neighbor
: Yes. And we will see them again.
[the neighbor examines some boards which have not been assembled
: My table is not finished. Where is your son? Joseph
: He's walking in the hills. Neighbor
] Mm-hm. He neglects his work, Joseph. Joseph
: No. Once I reproached him with forgetting his work. He said to me, "I must be about my Father's business." Neighbor
: Then why isn't he here, working? Joseph
] He's working.
: God will us guide, full well wit ye; / Therefore, Joseph, be of good cheer. /For in this place born will he be / That shall save us from sorrows here /Both even and morn. /Sir, wit ye well the time is near/ He shall be born. Joseph
: Then had we better bide here still,/ Here in this same place all this night.
: [Arriving at Jesus' home in Nazareth on horseback with another Roman soldier and greeting the Holy Family
] Do not fear. We're simply checking the census against the tax rolls.
[Reading from a scroll
: Now, you are... Joseph. And you live here with your wife Mary. Joseph
: That is so. Lucius
: [Pointing to Jesus
] Who's this boy? Virgin Mary
: My son, Jesus. Lucius
: [Looking at the scroll again
] I have no record of His birth. When was He born? Virgin Mary
: Twelve years ago. Lucius
: Where? Virgin Mary
: In Bethlehem.
[Jesus walks away
: [Realizing Jesus must have survived the killing of the young boys in Bethlehem which he commanded on Herod's orders 12 years before, and after a long, tense pause
[Mary nods "yes"
: [to the other Roman soldier, who then rides away
] Count those in the next house.
: See that the boy is registered before the year is out.
[Lucius himself rides away, after which Joseph and Mary look at each other with relief