Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | December 9, 2008

The reverse of the order of creation

Today’s topic actually refers back to yesterday’s feast. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (I would have written this yesterday, but I came home far too late and was far too tired to do it).

The order
One thing that is going to be analyzed in detail is the order in which things happen.

In the beginning God created the heaven and earth (Gen 1, 1).
God saw the light that it was good, and he divided the light from the darkness (Gen 1, 4)
And God called the firmament heaven….Let the waters that are under the heaven be gathered into one place…and God called the dry land earth (Gen 1, 8a, 9a-b, 10a)
Let the earth bring forth the green herb and as such may seed and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind…let the waters bring forth the creeping creature having life (Gen 1, 11. 20)

In case you haven’t caught on to the theme, order is going to be important. Heaven came before earth, light before darkness, plants before animals.

Lastly we find out about man when he was created. (Gen 1, 26-30). Notice how it lists MALE then FEMALE…This is important if we’re going to understand the Immaculate Conception.

Going on to Chapter 2 we find out more detail about man’s creation

And the Lord God said: it is not good for man to be alone let us make him a help like unto himself (Gen 2, 18)

Then the Lord God cast a deep sleep upon Adam, and when he was fast asleep he took one of his ribs, filled up flesh for it. And the Lord God built the rib which he took from Adam into a woman and brought her to Adam. And Adam said: this now is bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh, she shall be called woman because she was taken out of man, (Gen 2, 21-23)

There are two things I want you to notice here. The first one is that man was made first. The second one that I want you to notice is that woman took flesh from the male….The latter half is important to understanding my exegesis on a few of these Scripture Passages.

When Adam and Eve were created, they were created pure, immaculate, perfect. It is through their disobedience that we obtain original sin, not from the fact that Adam and Eve were born, as they were born perfect…(Original sin hasn’t come into the picture). The perfection of Adam was carried over into Eve.

Now let us talk about Original Sin which comes first into the picture in Gen 3. Eve (Latin: Eva) (Sorry ladies, but she was first) is having a conversation with the serpent about the tree of knowledge…We all know the conclusion, she falls (Gen 3, 1-7). Her husband (Adam) was dumb enough to listen of course (so it’s us guys fault too, don’t feel so bad). So we notice the order of disobedience, Eve, then Adam. (This is AFTER the creation so the order is going to REMAIN the same for this half in the order of obedience)

What is the topic of this lecture? The reverse of the order of creation…Let’s take a look at why I call this lecture the way that I do.

The Gospel of St. Luke will give us a clear indication of why I call this the reverse of the order of creation.

Starting from the first chapter verse 26: And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth.

Remember that I told you previously that the order of obedience was exactly the same as the order of disobedience?

Mary’s fiat “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy word” (Lk 1, 38) in the order of obedience is exactly the same as Eve’s disobedience “And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat” (Gen 3, 6). This must have first happened. Adam’s disobedience is remedied by Jesus’ obedience in the desert (Matt 4, 1-10), as well as the Word taking flesh (Jn 1, 14)

The Angelus is recalling the Angelic salutation that the Angel St. Gabriel declared unto Mary. We pray this during weeks outside of Easter-Pentecost. Let us look very closely at one of the lines in the Angelus…”And the Word was made flesh (and dwelt among us)” Ave Maria…The question becomes under whose flesh did the Word take? It obviously wasn’t God’s as God is Spirit and is neither male nor female. It consequently MUST have been MARY’s FLESH that the Word took. That’s right, the DNA would have matched MARY! Let me repeat that:

The Word (Jesus) took the flesh of Mary, notice any connections?

Let us go back to the beginning, where I talked about Eve taking the flesh from Adam. It is the complete reverse this time around as God took the flesh of one of us. (From Mary’s womb). The Latin text’s Ave (hail) and Eva (Eve) are opposites, (I think the English term is palindromes, but I’m a math prof first, lol). There are no such things as coincidences, there’s always a purpose, in this case Mary being the NEW EVE, Just as Jesus is the new Adam (Rom 5, 1-12). This is the reverse of creation: God taking flesh in the womb of Mary, that is to say in order to restore the disobedience, he had to reverse the order of creation to make it so that we could be redeemed.

Now, some people will say that Mary wasn’t Immaculately Conceived (well, you’d be anathema) . Let’s look at this objectively.

If I had a cup which was clean and purified by the methods of purification used in science I then proceed to pour chemical substance into this cup. After this, I put pure water into the cup. No longer is the water pure No matter what you tell me the water can not be pure. It has been contaminated with the chemical substance. Likewise If Vessel (Mary) was impure (illustrated in this example by the chemical substance) the Word (Jesus) would have been impure (as represented by the water). If Jesus is impure, this makes him a sinner. If he’s a sinner, he’s not perfect. If he’s not perfect and unblemished, Calvary does not exist.

The Bible eludes to Mary’s Immaculate Conception. Let us take a look at Matt 7 starting at verse 16.

By your fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs with thistles? Even so, every good tree bringeth forth good fruit and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree can not bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that not bringeth forth good fruit shall be cut down and cast into the fire. Wherefore by your fruits you shall know them.

Now before I make an exegesis on this passage let us take a look at the greeting that St. Elizabeth gives to Mary. “Blessed art thou among women and Blessed is the fruit of thy womb” (Lk 1, 42)

The last part, blessed is the fruit of thy womb. St. Elizabeth is obviously talking about Jesus the son of God. Now question: Can a good tree produce bad fruit? No, Jesus tells us so in the parable above us. If the fruit of thy womb was blessed, SO was the person that carried the Son of God. Mary can not, and did not commit any sins mortal or venial.

God is outside of time, the merits of the Cross can be applied before or after redemption. This is why we are able to say that Jesus died for us. Mary was saved in anticipation of the Cross. The Immaculate Conception was not because of Mary’s merits (as she’s merely human), but because God chose her to be the pure, immaculate perfect vessel for His Son Jesus Christ. Amen!

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