Friday, May 26, 2006

"The Lord is at my side; I do not fear. What can adam do to me?"
--Ps. 118: 6

The Hebrew word 'adam, as many of you undoubtedly know, is simply the word for 'man', as well as being the word for 'ground'. At many points, the Grail Psalter translates adam as 'mortal man'--a felicitous rendering I think. In many of these places, the contrast is between adam who is an enemy of the Psalmist, but is also ultimately ineffectual, with God, who takes the side of the Psalmist and who has ultimate power. Meditating over this contrast, particularly as it is found in the verse quoted above, I wondered if it were behind this striking saying of St. Paul:

"For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive...For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death."
--1 Cor. 15: 22, 25-26

Peace to you! Be sure to read Dom Brendan's Ascension Day homily.

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