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Mary, “the Woman” from Genesis to the Gospels

If one were to compose a life of Mary, one could rightfully go back to the book of Genesis. Satan seems to have won the day in the Garden, but God will have the last word. Indeed, God will speak his Word to Mary, she will consent and receive it and then this Word will undo all the damage inflicted by the serpent’s temptation. This Word becomes flesh so that just as sin entered the world through the sin of a man and woman, now grace and redemption could be restored through a woman and her seed. The Good News of our redemption begins not in the New Testament writings at the end of the Bible, but in the first book of the Old Testament, Genesis.

God has no secret plan, he tells it in a straight-forward way right to Satan’s face. This is how sure God is that nothing can thwart his plans. He says: “I shall put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; it will bruise your head and you will strike its heel” (Genesis 3:15). God is going to win, that is all there is to it! Mary’s combat with Satan is still seen in the lives of believers. We invoke her intercession in the rosary for peace, conversion and the dignity of life.

Along with the Eucharist, the rosary is a great weapon in the Church Militant’s arsenal against sin and the powers and principalities which battle the saints.

3 Responses

  1. Thanks for cropping the image Fr.Joe, its not quite as offensive now. The person who “liked” it may have been naiive when it comes to artistic discernment.

  2. Excellent post Father.. Loved it!! Thank You!

  3. Beautiful Fr Jenkins! I always used to wonder why Jesus referred to His mother as “woman” at the marriage of Cana – it seemed so cold. But when put in context… Your post beautifully illustrates Mary as the “new” Eve – the same “woman” we heard about in Revelations.

    p.s. I just began following your blog & really love reading your posts. Thank you for taking the time to share.

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