The man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
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If I were really clever, I would be able to link the reading from Genesis 3 with Bernadette's vision at Lourdes. Since I am not that clever, all I am able to do is offer some reflections on original sin, and be grateful for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The most striking thing about the passage, as often as I read it or hear it read, is that it doesn't seem to follow from what went before. Creation is pure gift, and not only is all of creation given to the pair in the garden, but they enjoy perfect communion with God and one another. It is like watching a film in which the main character is just about to do something really stupid. I always want to intervene, to stop the absurd and unnecessary pain that will result--and much more so here. And, of course, that raises the question, why didn't God intervene? After all, God certainly could have done so.
Good question. But not one to which we get a clear answer. We have inherited a fallen nature, and a fallen creation, and things go wrong with us and the world around us. I suppose the connection between Our Lady of Lourdes and the fall might just be redemption: if Eve is the first person to taste sin, Mary is the first person to experience redemption.
So what does it mean to live as one redeemed by Christ? I do not claim to know, but it seems to me that a good place to start is with Mary's response to Gabriel, 'Let it be done unto me according to your word'.