09 October 2012

On Adam and the Christ

Brought to you by two of the greats (and one, on his feast day, no less):

The Son of God ... was incarnate and made man; and then he summed up in himself the long line of the human race, procuring for us a comprehensive salvation, that we might recover in Jesus what in Adam we had lost, namely the state of being in the image and likeness of God.

St. Irenaeus, Adversus haereses, (3.18.1)

O loving wisdom of our God!
When all was sin and shame,
A second Adam to the fight
And to the rescue came.
O wisest love! that flesh and blood,
Which did in Adam fail,
Should strive afresh against the foe,
Should strive and should prevail.

St. John Henry Newman, Dream of Gerontius

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