[size=2]Mary, the “woman” of Genesis 3:15, is at the first and last breath of Jesus’ earthly ministry (Jn 2:1–1; 19:26): emphasizing her profound cooperation in His work of redemption.
Cleansing water is also at the beginning and end, with the waters of purification contained in stone jars for the Jew alone, contrasted with the water and blood flowing uncontained from the side of Christ, a vessel of flesh (cf. Ezek 36:25–27) bringing cleansing and new birth to the whole world.
As the first Adam was put to sleep and his bride was taken from his side in the first creation, so Christ “slept” on Calvary while his side was cut open and the sacraments of baptism and Eucharist poured from His side giving birth to His bride — the Church. Is it surprising that, at the moment, Mary the Mother of the Church, was there at the foot of the cross, the first witness with John to the eternal fountain?
I apologize if this is in the wrong folder, but, I had to share for those who didn’t already realize!!! Sooooooooo perfect. :D[/size]