Maximus: The Victorious Rebirth Trumps the Virgin Birth

“Should I not rather say that the tomb itself is a womb? There is, in fact, a great similarity. Just as the Lord came out from his mother’s womb living, so also he rose living from Joseph’s tomb. Just as he was born from the womb in order to preach, so also now he has been reborn from the tomb in order to evangelize. The last birth is more glorious than the first… The first offered hope to all rather slowly, but the last raised salvation for all quite quickly.”

-Maximus of Turin, Sermon 78.2.