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All Catholics worthy of the name rejoice on this, the greatest feast of our most blessed Lady. Christians naturally should rejoice, in fact Heaven itself is full of joy from that first moment that the Mother of the Lord was conceived. This great mystery has so many aspects, that it is impossible to cover them all, in a life time or indeed many lifetimes. And so all we can do is to pluck a single thread, and let us look at just one thread.

As we heard in the first reading, when the Lord God called Adam, Adam was hiding and came out and said ‘I was afraid because I was naked and I hid’. And when the Lord asked further questions, the man replied, ‘It was the woman you put with me, she gave the fruit and I ate’. So the woman gave to the first man the fruit. Fruit that brought disaster to the whole human race. The man received the fruit in the garden, the garden of paradise. A garden which contains many other kinds of fruit, all meant for the delight of the human race. That is what fruit means, to be delighted in. ‘The serpent tempted me’ she said. And so the woman confessed that yes, she had been deceived by the serpent. And so when the Lord God when He cursed the serpent, He said ‘because you have done this, be a cursed be on all cattle, all wild beasts. I will make you enemies of each other, you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring. And so this warfare, we’d even say this cosmic warfare was put between the Woman and the serpent. Between the Woman and satan. The warfare isn’t between God and satan… For Fr. Linus’ complete homily please listen to the Audio.