The Bitten Apple
This is a beautiful legend by Sjostroem,
a Swedish author.
Perhaps you are not aware that among
who went to the cave in Bethlehem to
the newborn baby Jesus, there were
and Eve. They had been waiting the
of the Messiah for a long, long time.
were so anxious to meet Him.
Finally the time was ripe. God became
And so Adam and Eve slipped silently
the cave and knelt at the back, enjoying
and cherishing the sight of this God-man.
They were so elated to see the shepherds
giving these simple but beautiful gifts
Mary. They, too, wanted to give something
to Jesus but they had nothing....
Eve, however, being Eve, pressed Adam
see if he could find anything in his
And, no, yes...yes... Adam found something.
He found a fruit, a beautiful fruit.
it was not whole and juicy. Someone
a bite out of it.
It was the bitten fruit which had brought
so much trouble into the world!
Adam and Eve felt embarrassed. They
know what to do. Finally they plucked
courage and approached Mary and Joseph.
did not even dare raise his eyes from
ground. He felt so mortified. And so
quickly, "Eve and I have nothing
offer your son, Jesus, but this bitten
the sign of our sin."
With his heart pounding, he added,
you accept this gift?"
Mary said not a word. Her heart was
with love and tenderness. She got up
feet, approached Adam and gave him
A big ,big hug. Then she turned to
embraced her strongly and warmly as
She took the bitten apple and placed
the feet of her little newborn son.
Adam and Eve were overwhelmed. Overwhelmed
at this amazing compassion.
Later when Mary and Joseph led Adam
out of the cave, something had really
Adam's and Eve's faces were glowing
joy! Their eyes were filled with tears.
Not tears of sadness but tears of gratitude
They had become new people.
The embrace of Mary in our sins heals us.
Her smile, amidst our sins,
offers us the opportunity to start
For he who falls into sin is the child
He who boasts of sin is a child of
BUT he who repents from sin is the
of God ....
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