Click below to read previous articles in this series:
Read: Reflections of 'An Afternoon with Scott Hahn' - Part 1
Read: Reflections of 'An Afternoon with Scott Hahn' - Part 2
Read: Mass: Heaven on Earth
"What do we mean... being Christians?" Dr. Hahn asked us at the beginning of his second presentation. Being Christian is a covenant bond, which goes beyond friendship. It is a blood relationship. A covenantal bond like in a family, a deeper relationship with Jesus. His mother becomes our mother. His Father in heaven, ours.
Dr. Hahn continued explaining the typology that is ever present throughout the Bible. He told us Christ is the new Adam, the last Adam. The first Adam was disobedient which resulted in original sin. Jesus was obedient, and his obedience of course is what makes our salvation possible. It was in a garden where Adam refused to obey. Jesus bared that curse in a garden. The tree in the Garden of Eden was the wrong tree. The cross, the right tree. The Eucharist we celebrate at every Mass is the fruit of the tree of life.
He told us that David received the new covenant of God - the Ark of the Covenant (see Psalms 132). In Matthew Christ is presented as the son of David. Fulfillment of the Old (Testament) is not Christīs task alone. David and Solomon didnīt carry out Godīs will alone either. Jesus had his apostles and disciples - and there was a special place for Mary. Not only was there a new Adam, but a new Eve - Mary.
Dr. Hahn spoke of the amazing typology found in Genesis and the Gospel of John.
In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while a mighty wind swept over the waters.
Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw how good the light was. God then separated the light from the darkness.(Genesis 1:1-4)
In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.(John 1:1-5)
Jesus is the light, the life over darkness. The typology continues in these two books. God created everything in six days and He blessed the seventh day. The Gospel of John mentions the next day, the next and the next - that brings us to the fourth day. Then the wedding at Cana was on the third day after that - the seventh day. God created male first, then female. Adam called Eve "woman." At the wedding at Cana nobody was identified but Jesus and his mother. Jesus called her "woman."
Go to Part 5 - Mary: A Mother to Discover
Peace in Christ,