“Adam, where art thou?”
“Adam, where art thou?” That was the voice of God,
resounding in Adam’s conscience after the fall and tormenting
him. As long as Adam obeyed the Lord, cultivating and
guarding the Garden of Eden, he received strength from the
fruits of the Tree of Life, and was in constant communion
with God. In Adam’s heart there was complete peace and joy.
But then Adam disobeyed the divine commandment, ate the
forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil,
and the strand of communion with God in his heart broke off.
Sin stood like a wall between God and man.
From this time begins the history of man’s life on
earth. Man lives under a stigma, and has to toil and sweat to
earn his living. But despite all his hard work he is unable
to acquire a joyous heart. His life is spent in sin, which
only continues to grow and grow until it finally spreads over
the entire earth.
Then, in the words of a Russian scientist, the Lord
makes His first cosmic correction. The deluge washes sin
away, the earth is purified and new life begins. But Adam’s
original sin still hasn’t been atoned, and now once more it
continues to take possession of man, once more it covers the
entire earth. But amid this darkness, amid this terrible
anguish, there is one man who searches for spiritual joy, who
remains faithful to God. This man is Abraham. He receives the
law of life and the renewed promise, originally given by God
to Adam in paradise, that a Saviour will come to earth.
Centuries pass, men wait desperately for the promised
Saviour. Men try to free themselves of sin, but without the
Tree of Life, without the promised Saviour, it is totally
impossible. Once again mankind reaches an impasse. And then,
finally, the promise is fulfilled. The second cosmic
correction takes place. The Saviour of the world comes down
to earth. He saves mankind from sin. He fulfills the
commandment given to man on loving God and one’s neighbor.
And, most importantly, through His Church, through the Holy
Eucharist, He renews the Tree of Life which stood in paradise
and by means of which Adam communed with God. He renews the
peace and the joy that were lost by Adam.
“Adam, where art thou?” – so resounds this eternal
question in our own conscience, and each one of us is asked
this question by the Lord. Not in a geographical sense, of
course, since the Lord knows exactly where each one of us is
to be found, but in terms of our relationship to Him, our God
In our times mankind has reached an impasse with even
greater finality than before Christ’s coming to earth. Sin
has now spread over the earth and has taken possession of man
to a much greater degree than before the deluge. Right now we
are standing at the edge of the third and final cosmic
correction: the Lord’s Last Judgment. And at the same time
now, more than ever before, we have all that we need for
salvation, for returning to paradise. We have the Church, in
which, like in Noah’s ark, we can save ourselves from the
turbulent waters of the frightful life that surrounds us. In
church we have God’s commandments, which guide us onto the
right path of life. In church we have the saints, who show us
a brilliant example of that blessed life in Christ which Adam
had lost. And finally, in church, through the Holy Mysteries,
we once more have the means to commune with God.
During these holy days the Church earnestly appeals to
us not to disdain the riches with which the Lord has blessed
us all. Right now, during the Christmas lent, as we again
prepare to meet the Saviour of the world, Who comes down to
earth for each one of us, we must not shun the opportunity to
come to church and to commune with the Lord God Himself.
“Adam, where art thou?” Let us not leave this question
unanswered. Let us say to the Lord: “Lord, I am here, I am at
Thy manger, in Thy church, standing before Thy chalice. I
believe, O Lord, and I confess that Thou art the true Christ,
Son of the Living God, Who has come to earth to save all