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December 8, 2014 Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Genesis, Chapter 3, verse 8-10:
 '8 The man and his wife heard the sound of Yahweh God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from Yahweh God among the trees of the garden.  9 But Yahweh God called to the man. 'Where are you?' he asked. 10 'I heard the sound of you in the garden,' he replied 'I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.'

Before the fall both Adam and Eve were unafraid of being exposed to God and they were innocent in that they knew not that they were naked.  Adam states I heard the sound of you in the garden.  We do not know what the sound of God is from the verse.  Was it the same sound as a man walking in the garden?  Or was it the sound of a rushing wind? We do not know; but Adam heard God and he was afraid because he was naked.

On the cross our Lord who always heard the Father was now utterly alone,…And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?' which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' and he was also naked nailed to a tree. Tradition states that our Lord’s cross rested on the skull of Adam in payment for the fall.  Our Lord paid the ultimate price for our sins.
Christ on the cross reversed the taking of the fruit and the eating by Adam and Eve and became the fruit of life.  Christ on the cross reversed the nakedness of Adam and Eve by being naked himself.  Christ on the cross no longer heard the Father and He was afraid.

The greatest fear is a world without the Father.  Christ brought us at a great price to bring us back to the Father.  We need not fear for God is now in us through the accomplishment of the Holy Spirit.  We must listen to His voice and follow Him. 

Mary who was conceived without sin on this Feast day of the Immaculate Conception is our example of courage in the presence of God and His angels.  Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.  Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.  (Luke 1:30-31)