If Jesus, the New Adam, is the eternal high priest who agonized over his solitude in the garden of Gethsemane and offered his sacrifice on the cross for our redemption, it should come as no surprise to us that Adam, the Old Testament character prefiguring Jesus, was also a high priest who also agonized over his solitude in the garden of Eden until God made him a partner, Eve.
As the high priest of Eden, Adam was called to be obedient to the Father and to be faithful to his wife through self-sacrifice. Did he carry out his calling properly? No, he disobeyed the Father's order not to eat from the tree of knowledge and he failed to protect his wife, who was left alone to confront the serpent. In contrast, Jesus, the New Adam and eternal high priest remained obedient to the Father and faithful to his wife - the Church, the New Eve - to the end by sacrificing himself on the cross.
But Jesus, the New Adam, suffered on the cross; where's Adam's cross? Remember the "tree of life" in the middle of Eden? What Adam failed to use to fight Satan, the New Adam bore courageously to conquer all evils that Satan could possibly inflict on us in this world order.
If the above reflection resonates in your heart with joy and fascination, you must find more resonance by joining me to explore this topic further under Fr. Barron's guidance. If you find the reflection hard to understand, then all the more reason for you to join me because you have my guarantee that you WILL understand!
What are you joining and how? The details are as follows:
FOUNTAIN OF LOVE AND LIFE DVD SPIRITUAL FORMATION PROGRAM - "PRIEST, PROPHET, KING" MODULE
DVD SERIES TO WATCH - Fr. Barron's DVD brand new 2014 series "Priest, Prophet, King"
MEETING TIME - Every 2nd Monday of the month from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. First meeting: Monday, Feb 9, 2015
VENUE - FLL Evangelization Centre, 9033 Leslie Street, Unit 9 (2nd Floor) Richmond Hill, Ontario (use entrance 10A)
HOST - Edmond Lo, M.T.S., RCIA Catechist, Catholic speaker and writer
FORMAT - Watching DVD segments (in English with captioning), explanations and comments by host (in Cantonese), guided discussion, electronic notes for all participants.
FEES - It's free! Everyone welcome!
Hope to see you on February 9, 2015!