Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rejoicing in the Birth of "The Woman"

In Genesis 3:15, God announces the divine plan to defeat the Cosmic Serpent through the Seed of the Woman. We note that this woman is not Eve, as Eve is not named by Adam until a few verses later. So who is this Woman?

It is Mary, the Virgin Mother of Christ our God. Her birth, her faithful response to God, and her adoration of her Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit, are a cause of rejoicing. Here is what John the Damascene wrote on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

"Rejoice, O earth,
because from the womb of Anna,
as from a fertile vine,
has sprung a sweet ripe cluster.
To the harvesting of this vineyard
all are invited,
none are excluded-
it is the joy of all."

-- St. John of Damascus (c. 676 - 749)

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