In the Garden
At the beginning of Holy Week, Fr. Al Spilly, C.PP.S., takes us back to the beginning of our story.
At the beginning of Holy Week, Fr. Al Spilly, C.PP.S., takes us back to the beginning of our story. Fr. Spilly, an author and scripture scholar who worked closely with the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, says that God first placed man and woman into the garden, and it was sin that took them out. “With sin, with disobedience, comes alienation,” he said. “We often call this ‘the fall,’ but sometimes what we miss is that there are a series of falls, and the alienation (from God) gets deeper with every story.”
The hope lies in that “God has never given up on the idea of the garden. Clearly, we’re living outside of the garden, but God has never given up on us.”
This week, we relive Jesus’ final days of earthly ministry. Fr. Spilly notes that “In John’s gospel, in his passion narrative, he is the only one who says that Jesus’ agony takes place in the garden. And he’s the only one who says that Christ’s tomb was in the garden. That’s significant because as we see in Genesis, in the garden, man and woman said no to God. On the other hand, Jesus and Mary both said yes to God. And in John’s gospel, when all the dust settles, we see that Jesus is still in the garden, where we were meant to be.”