Tuesday, December 8, 2009
One of the images that helps me to think about what we mean by original sin is the current flu epidemic. Original sin is not an act but a situation into which we are born, a world where sin is an epidemic. What we celebrate in today's feast is that God made Mary immune to this sin epidemic. From the first moment of her existence she was free of this sin of the world, or to put it more positively, "full of grace." Today's Gospel is about the conception of Jesus (not of Mary), but it is chosen because the angel calls her "full of grace."