Eve’s “No” verses Mary’s “Yes”

“i imagine that yes is the only living thing.”
E.E. Cummings


(Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden / Masaccio / 1425 / Florence )



(Bicci di Lorenzo / 1433-1434 / The Annunciation panels / private collection)

Please enjoy the Christmas Eve Homily offered by Bishop Gavin Ashenden.
Bishop Ashenden raises an interesting observation…

That in Eve’s having said “no” to God—in her refusal to His obedience,
man then fell victim to the addiction to sin and disobedience.

Mary in turn counters that sinfulness no by offering her simple “yes”….

And in Mary’s yes…she brings us all to God’s saving Grace.
Of which brings to all of humankind, through the birth of her son Yeshua,
the freedom from this never-ending cycle of disobedient addiction…

22 comments on “Eve’s “No” verses Mary’s “Yes”

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Merry Christmas, my dear friend. May the coming new year be filled with good things – exciting adventures- new hope and new life – through your coming grandchild. May God keep you ever in His loving arms and heal some of the pain of loss from the past year. You have been more than a blessing to me. God placed you right in the middle of my life when I needed you the most.

  2. Wally Fry says:

    Excellent. Yes is a good thing. Merry Christmas, Julie, and thanks for being a good friend and encourager this year! Off to church for us now.

  3. Tricia says:

    I really enjoyed this Julie and the drawings are fascinating. Merry Christmas!

  4. Wow. This really ministered to me this morning. Pushing forward with a “yes.” Merry Christmas! 🙂

  5. I so love this, Julie! What a powerful juxtaposition of the two women.

    Merry Christmas to you, my dear friend! I couldn’t say it better than Kathy has… but please know that I pray that God will bless you a hundredfold and more! Your friendship is truly a treasured gift this Christmas! Love and huge hugs!!

  6. hatrack4 says:

    I loved this. Thank you for sharing this homily. And again Merry Christmas.

  7. SLIMJIM says:

    Good compare and contrast

  8. oneta hayes says:

    Another example of God making a way of escape. Making an chance to do over again. So glad for this Mary saying “Yes.”

  9. Dawn Marie says:

    “Do whatever He tells you.” John 2:5 And may you have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed New Year! Hugs & Blessings!

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