Tonight we'll continue in in the "Hail WHO? -- What Do Catholics Really Believe About Mary" series. I'll present the second to the last section of my paper (I told you it was long!) on Mary as the new Eve. This section gets into some Eucharistic theology, as well, and presents Jesus himself (especially in Eucharistic communion) as the fruit of the new tree of life, the cross. As always, thoughts, feedback, and questions are welcomed. Here it is!
"Wherefore also He cast him out of Paradise, and moved him to a distance from the Tree of Life: not grudging him the Tree of Life, as some dare to say, but in pity to him, that he might not last forever as a sinner; and that the sin which was in him might not be immortal, and an infinite and incurable evil." (47)
That we might have eternal life, Christ, the New Adam, atones for the disobedience of Adam and all humanity through His obedience "unto death, even death on a cross." (49) Thus, "the sin that was wrought through the tree was undone by the obedience of the tree, obedience to God whereby the Son of man was nailed to the tree." (50) The cross of Christ is the new tree of life, on which Jesus gives His own body and blood as the new fruit of this tree, restoring man's access to union with God and eternal life. Irenaeus says that, "because as by the disobedience of one man sin had entrance, and by sin death prevailed; so also by the obedience of one man should righteousness by brought in, and bear the fruit of life to those men who were long ago dead." (51)
Thanks for stopping by, my friends. Be assured of my grateful affection and prayers for all of my readers.47. St. Irenaeus, Adversus haereses (AH). Book 3, #6.48. St. Irenaeus, Proof, #31.49. Philippians 2:850. St. Irenaeus, Proof, #34.51. St. Irenaeus, AH, Book 3, #10.52. Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Divine Office, Vol. IV, p. 1643.53. Calkins, p. 52.54. St. Irenaeus, Proof, #34.55. Nichols, Aidan, O.P. The Holy Eucharist - From the New Testament to Pope John Paul II. p. 123.56. Redemptor Hominis, Art. 20.
Peace and all good,