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Foreseeing Adam’s disobedience, God chose to send

his Only Begotten Son, out of the stock of Abraham, to be

the Redeemer who reconciles Adam and Eve, and each of

us, so that we could again share in this marvelous gift of

his grace. That Adam and Eve, who lost this gift, should

be the first to have it restored to them provides a profound

insight both into the nature of their fault and into that

of the divine remedy. At the center of the whole history

of divine love is Christ, who, by his perfect obedience to

the Father, overcomes the sin and death that result from

the human unwillingness to receive from God what he

would freely bestow and now graciously restores in his Son.

The already-quoted ancient homily puts into the mouth

of Christ words directed not only to Adam and Eve but

also to us:

“Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and

Christ will give you light.” I am your God, who for

your sake have become your son. Out of love for you

and your descendants I now by my own authority

command all who are held in bondage to come forth,

all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who

are sleeping to arise…. I did not create you to be

held a prisoner in hell…. Rise, let us leave this place.

The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will

not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone

you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only

a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself amnow

one with you.


Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, o.p.

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

© 2016, Magnificat Foundation

25 Ibid., 497-8