Subtlety and Simplicity: a Study of Two Eves (Sat. Nov. 21)

The word for the day is “simplicity.”  In our reading of 2 Cor. 11:1-6, St. Paul expresses his concern about the false preacher in Corinth.  He worries that their subtle arguments will deceive his flock.  He writes, “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ (vs. 3). Today  we celebrate the “Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple.” Our reading refers to Eve, the first “Mother of all the Living” (Genesis 3:20).  But the Virgin Mary, the focus of today’s feast, is the “New Eve” (Irenaeus, Against Heresies, 3, 19, p. 130). The Opposites of Subtlety and Simplicity By her…