July 15, 2021
In this episode I talk about how God created the world to be a place where Adam and Eve and their descendants could live in peace and harmony, with God, with each other, and with the world around them. However, through Original Sin, Adam disregarded the law of God, and rebelled against Him. This Original Sin separated man from God, and brought disorder into creation. The book of Genesis in its first chapters, presents historical truths, using a symbolic language.
All the ideas discussed in this Episode can be found described more in depth in the Catechism of the Catholic Church #390, 396-412.
The Catechism in #390 says: “The account of the fall in Genesis 3 uses figurative language, but affirms a primeval event, a deed that took place at the beginning of the history of man. Revelation gives us the certainty of faith that the whole of human history is marked by the original fault freely committed by our first parents.”
In Adam, we all sinned. “Therefore, just as through one person sin entered the world, and through sin, death, and thus death came to all, inasmuch as all sinned.” (Rom 5:12)
This is why we are all conceived in the state of sin, without the grace of God: “Behold, I was born in guilt, in sin my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:7)
it is necessary to recognize that we are inclined to evil from conception. That we are separated from God from the first moment of our existence.
This is why it is necessary to baptize children soon after they are born, to allow them the gift of being united to God and in his grace, which opens for them the gates of Heaven.
We look at the different consequences of that sin.
And finally, we will look into the promise that God made of sending a Redeemer to save us from that state: “if by that one person’s transgression the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one Person, Jesus Christ, overflow for the many.” (Rom 5:15)
Thanks to the Death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, we are all redeemed, and granted the possibility of being cleansed from sin and entering Heaven. Of course, we still have to apply the merits of His death on us through baptism, and live according to the Gospel to be saved.
“The Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 Jn 3:8)
Thanks be to Jesus Christ, the evil of sin does not, will not have the FINAL WORD. Jesus Christ is victorious over Satan, sin and death.
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- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic Religious Order.
- Miles Christi Religious Order website: https://www.mileschristi.org
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- Intro music from pond5.com
- Recorded at our Family Center in South Lyon, Michigan.