I’ve always wondered this and I hope I can ask it correctly so you all know what I’m trying to understand.
I understand the connection between the Ark of the Covenant and Mary and why the Church teaches Mary was sinless. And I understand and believe the Church’s teaching in regard to Jesus not having any siblings.
What I’m trying to understand is, why would it be important for her to remain a virgin? I understand that if she wasn’t then the Church has been teaching incorrect doctrine for 2000 years and that’s a huge problem, but that’s not what I’m trying to address here. I’m trying to understand if there a theological significance or reason for her to have remained a virgin all her life. Since she and Joseph were married, it would not have been sinful for them to have marital relations.
I hope I’m asking this clearly enough so you understand what I’m trying to understand. I’d appreciate any help you all could give me.