In the late fourth century, Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (315-336) contrasted the first women of the Old and New Testaments respectively in these words: "Since through Eve, a virgin, or rather from a virgin, should life appear; that as the serpent had deceived the one, so to the other, Gabriel might bring good tidings." And St Ephrem Syrus (300?-378) wrote to his Syrian and neighbouring oriental community, "Though Eve, the beautiful and desirable glory of men was extinguished; but it was revived through Mary."the paradigm of Mary
By the time of Saint Jerome (331-420), the contrast between Eve and Mary had almost evolved into a proverb, often characterized by phrases like, "Death by Eve, life by Mary."
It is evident from these and many other writers, who were both their contemporaries and their successors for centuries to come, that
as the New Eve
has deep roots in Christian antiquity. P
We perceive in this Christian truth--this New-adam and this New-eve--yet another strong indicator of Mary's Immaculate Conception, both Eve and Mary
being brought forth immaculate.
Born immaculateObviously, John the Baptist
Now John the Baptist, having been filled with The Holy Spirit from his mother's womb, was made immaculate in the womb; was born immaculate.
with The Holy Spirit because
he was to be the precursor to The Christ.
Mary, however, was to be PShe the glow
the Mother of The Christ.
Mary was the immaculate avenue through whom The Christ took Flesh and Blood and, to re-make the point, it was through Mary that John The Baptist was made immaculate in Elizabeth's womb.
Here is further indication that, if John The Baptist was born immaculate then we would rightfully expect that Mary was conceived immaculate; as Scripture so indicates.
The faithful image of His Goodness.
Wisdom 7:26 here points to Mary's Immaculate Conception.
She the untarnished mirror
of God's majesty;
She, the faithful image
of His Goodness. P
The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, by the very power given Her by Christ Himself, declares that Wisdom here prophesises praise of Christ's Mother.We clearly perceive here then
Mary reflected perfectly, in creation, The Eternal-father.
I have shown elsewhere in these columns that the book of Wisdom does not state that wisdom is a divine characteristic. Definitely not, for in this quotation we observe that the Book speaks of glow; of mirror; of image.
Obviously, God has no use for wisdom which is only useful to the creature who does not know the future but can only rely on his pathetically limited knowledge.
Nevertheless, The Book of Wisdom makes it clear that wisdom is an image of The Divine-character and, not by chance, does Wisdom use the feminine in describing this Gift of God.
The Era of The Eternal-father
So, Mary is the faithful image of His goodness and The Eternal-father is Goodness.
50 5 17 But Jesus answered them: My Father worketh until now; and I work. John.
We observe here that Jesus taught that the Old Testament and the Israel of the Old Testament, were of The Eternal-father, declaring as well, that His Own Work was now being accomplished.
That is to say, that the era of the Old Testament was the Era of The Father and that the second Era was the Era of The Son.
(Not forgetting that The Divine-trinity works as One; that is to say, in The Father, through The Son, by The Spirit.)
Just as The Son issues from The Father, so too The Era of The Son issues from that of The Father.
What was the purpose of The Father's Era?
Generally, it was to form His Own People--Israel; bringing them to the point so that through them, He would send His Son into the world; perfecting Israel so that Salvation for all creation might come out of this people.
P 1 17 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and between thy seed after thee in their generations, by a perpetual covenant: to be a God to thee, and to thy seed after thee. Genesis.
1 18 17 And the Lord said: Can I hide from Abraham what I am about to do:
1 18 18 Seeing he shall become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth shall be blessed?P Genesis.
Now, history shows that Israel was indeed the people through whom The Almighty raised The Christ, but as everyone knows it was the Virgin who represented Israel (and all creation) in this absolute necessity of co-operation with The Almighty.
The Christ came directly from Heaven to the Virgin, the daughter of Israel.
that the Work of The Father
in His Era,
was to bring forth the Virgin.
The Virgin of Israel,