Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Jesus the new Adam: Daily Mass Homily--Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
One of my favorite teachings from Blessed John Paul II is the Theology of the Body—a series of Wednesday audiences which addressed human sexuality, marriage and the truth of our human bodies.
JPII founds his reflections on the beginning—Genesis 1-3. In a special way he proclaims Jesus Christ as the new Adam—following the thinking of St. Paul and Fathers of the Church.
St. Paul writes to the Romans, “Through one man sin entered the world, and through sin, death, and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned…how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow by the many.”
It is amazing to note the similarities between Adam and Jesus. Both were in a garden—Adam in Eden and Jesus in Gethsemane. Both turned the course of salvation history around through a tree—Adam in eating the forbidden fruit and Jesus being nailed on the cross. Both had a woman as a helpmate—Eve shared in Adam’s disobedience while Mary’s obedient fiat to God allowed Jesus to come into the world.
The question for us is—do we live for Adam or for God?