“After Adam had eaten of the tree the Lord God called to him. ‘Where are you?’ he asked.”

Genesis 3:9

Monday, 01 June 2020

Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Psalm 87:1-3, 5-7; John 19:25-34

It’s a famous story, a brilliant allegory of our resistance to God’s grace and mercy. When we read the story, do we imagine a cruel and vindictive God, an arbitrary deity who imposes crazy rules upon us? I think many of us do.

This is, I suggest, a mistake. The exile of Adam and Eve that results from this encounter is perhaps better read as a kind of self-exile. When God asks his question, Adam evades – and then later blames Eve. His actions and evasions shut him and Eve off from the earlier ‘perfect’ relationship with God, placing them literally outside Eden.

What do we do to shut God out? Do we if God asks us “Where are you?” have the courage to answer God truly?

Loving God  who seeks us where we are, fill us with the Spirit and open us to you. Free us from our fears that make us dishonest to others, ourselves and you that we may dwell in union with you always. through Christ our Lord.


Fr Anthony Egan SJ

Fr Anthony Egan SJ (born Cape Town 1966; entered the Jesuits 1990; ordained 2002) has taught, full-time or part-time, at St Augustine College of South Africa, St John Vianney Seminary, Fordham University (on sabbatical) and the University of the Witwatersrand. The author/co-author of a number of books, book chapters, academic and popular articles, he is a correspondent for America magazine, a contributor to Worldwide and writes for spotlight.africa. He is also a commentator on local and international radio and television. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Helen Suzman Foundation. Extramural interests include Science Fiction, Theatre, Art and creative writing, including poetry.

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