Sunday, the 10th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Joachima
Readings for today’s Mass
It all started with God creating something that, by his own words, was very good. Today, the story picks up with the realization that, tho we start out very good, at some point, it is within our control to be bad, to make choices that can negatively affect ourselves, our relationship with God, others and our world. This is never so bad that God changes his mind about us. We are still created good. But even in our goodness, we have to acknowledge that we have a shadow side.
Something else Genesis tells us today is that we are sometimes slow to see and own our bad side. We might say: It was the woman. It was the snake. It was anybody else. There were extenuating circumstances. Not guilty!
This Genesis narrative is the basis for the idea of original sin, the inherent potential for people to make wrong choices. While this awareness can serve as a guide for future choices, we sometimes use the idea of original sin to beat up on ourselves, and others. This is not always a good thing. Our belief that God created us good always takes precedence over our shortcomings.
While we are all imperfect creatures, it is good for us to remember that it all started out as very good and God has still not changed his mind.