Just as Eve brought death into the world through her fall,
and through her succumbing to Satan,
so too Mary becomes the new Eve who brings life into the world through her ‘yes’ to God.
This imagery of Mary as the new Eve goes all the way back to the Old Testament.
She is the new woman, who will overcome the serpent through her ‘yes’ to God and through
the coming of her Son, the Messiah.
Dr. Michael Barber
from What Every Catholic Needs to Know About Mary
(image of Mary from The Passion of the Christ looking upon the foot of her dead son)
My aim today is not to debate the importance or lack of importance of Mary in our
Be that in the Catholic Faith or be that that within the Protestant faiths…
Bless Mary…for she has become such a pivotal, and dare I say, a contentious image within the
collective Christian Chruch.
I for one find that to be a truly sad factor for us all of the collective Christian faith
as we have allowed Mary’s significance or insignificance to become divisive.
Yet that topic is not my focus today.
Not being Catholic, I was not raised with a strong sense of a Marian devotion.
Yet I do not hold that against my Catholic kinsmen.
Mary is important to our Catholic kin, just as she is important to all of us of the Fatih
for she bore willingly a most heavy burden…a burden she bore willingly for all of us.
She does not surpass the importance of her Son.
Yet that is often lost in the accusations and fussing.
No Catholic puts the mother above her Son
but her role as a universal mother does not go ignored.
Yet all of that is neither here nor there today.
Yesterday morning I read the quote I’ve added above by Dr. Barber regarding both Mary and Eve.
Two very pivotal women within the Christian Fatih.
Eve is blamed for all of our current state of affairs while Mary is the quintessential image
of willingness, sacrifice, and selflessness.
Darkness and shame versus selfless light.
After reading the quote and knowing I wanted to use it in a post, I actually noticed that
several folks had viewed a previous post that I had offered on Christmas Eve…
it was a post based on a homily offered by Bishop Gavin Ashenden.
And as I don’t believe in coincidence but rather the prompting of the Spirit, I will
again offer that same post here…as it seems to be calling out…
The post is titled “Eve’s no verses Mary’s yes…”
“i imagine that yes is the only living thing.”
(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 in turn then fell victim to the addiction to sin and disobedience.
Mary then 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…