An Infinite Response
When Adam sinned, and fell from grace
A penalty fell upon the race;
His light in grace was then withdrawn
And the light of Eve was also gone:
Their reflected radiance had fled the Garden,
Leaving them, alas, in need of pardon.
They felt a shame and covered with leaves,
And hid from God amidst the trees.
If Adam had obeyed the Divine command,
We would've inherited his largesse planned
― The special gifts Adam had in hand.
But as it is, we inherit the stain of sin,
And from the beginning did this blemish begin;
Bequeathed we were, with a fallen nature
Lo, lost were gifts, in Adam's nomenclature.
The preternatural gifts, most no longer remain;
Yet the Lord did design a way, to grace regain
And heaven open ―the way of our Redemption!
And there'd come forth for humankind an exemption:
From our race there arose a sinless exception:
The Immaculate Virgin at her Conception!
Eve was instrumental in causing the fatal sin,
And Mary, instrumental in getting grace again;
God the Father sent down His One and Only Son
To undo what disobedient man had done.
The offense against God was infinite in measure
And brought upon man, God's displeasure
―And finite man alone, could never
Atone, for what sin did sever.
Only an act of God could span
The great and guilty chasm of man.
He stood in for man to make recompense,
For the magnitude of the human offense.
Through Mary's fiat, He came into the world,
And through her Son, Redemption unfurled.
Think of how much, that Christ did endure,
In His body human, His flesh so pure.
How much He suffered, to us redeem,
As both God and man, a Person Supreme!
A Person who's smallest act is infinite:
And could've repaired for the sin of it.
His littlest hurt is unbounded in scope:
And as such, could carry Redemptive hope.
A splinter of wood in the flesh of Christ,
Could've been for Him a suffering enough,
Yet we know such suffering didn't suffice:
He suffer'd much more, from cruelty, brutally rough.
But then ask, why the scourging, the flails,
The Cross He shoulder'd, the thorns and nails?
O, why did Jesus suffer so?
It's something we need to ponder and know:
Behold, through His suffering immense
He showed forth the greatness of sin's offense:
And through all He endured, His great love for us!
His passion we should envision it thus.
The great myriad of sin of all mankind,
He bore its burden in Body and Mind.
His forgiveness it shines through the world we're in...
So a holy life for us, may here begin.
― John Riedell
The light of Eve has a two-fold meaning here, suggesting that as the moon —the light of the eve —gets its light from the sun, so Eve had received her grace from God.
― John Riedell
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