In the first reading from Genesis, we have the story of the origin of sin. And as misogynistic as this story can be, almost all cultures have stories that seek to explain how sin and evil got into the world. Handed down from one generation to the next these stories were meant to help explain the human condition, to tell us something about God and our relationship to God and how we’ve ended up where we are today. The story of the apple is a story of scapegoating, blaming the other for our own poor choices or inaction. We see it all the time in our politicians, they scapegoat “the other party” and/or blame it on “the devil”. The lack of ability to take responsibility for one’s actions and decisions is truly a sign of our times.
But following Jesus’ example is the cure for our times! Opening up our eyes and our hearts to his presence in our midst, in our lives, has the ability to transform us just as it did his first disciples. Where do I see Jesus in my life? What action is my faith calling me to today? Am I worried about what others might think about me as I live out my faith and proclaim the Gospel through my words and actions?