Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned—
But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many.
If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification* leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In my room hangs the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. As in most depictions of Mary, she is holding the child Jesus. In this particular image, two angels are depicted above her shoulders. The angel above her left is holding the cross and nails, and the one above her right is holding the spear with which Jesus was pierced and the wine-soaked sponge. Mary’s countenance is sorrowful, giving the impression that it is she who will one day give her son over to the cross. But the life that came from this cross, and that continues to come from it through the life of the Church, especially through the sacramental life, is that very life that Paul speaks of to the Romans.
As Adam and Eve brought death and sin into the world through their disobedience, Jesus, who takes flesh in the womb of Mary, reverses this by going to the cross. The “yes” of Mary, the new “mother of all the living,” brought about the abundance of grace that gives us life. May she always help us say “yes” to the will of her Son.
Holy Mary, my Queen, into thy blessed trust and special keeping, into the bosom of thy tender mercy, this day, every day of my life and at the hour of my death, I commend my soul and body; to thee I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life, that through thy most holy intercession and thy merits, all my actions may be ordered and disposed according to thy will and that of thy divine Son.
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