The Expulsion of Eve and Adam from Paradise
The Sunday before we enter into Great Lent has the theme of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise. Early church writers imagined that Paradise was a temple which God had built so that we could worship Him. God’s expelling Eve and Adam from the Edenic temple was not done for punishment but rather to make us long for God and our lost relationship with Him. On earth, we experience the absence of God and so seek for Him. Liturgy and the church sanctuary are where we look to find God.
So repentance and the prayer life are natural ways which God provided for us on earth to seek Him and to work to re-establish the proper relationship with Him. Priest and Professor Baby Varghese writes about the wisdom of St. Ephrem the Syrian regarding the Fall:
“When Adam and Eve trusted the word of Satan instead…
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